Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Queen'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 2 Professionals
Common Name: columbine
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Ranunculaceae
Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: Yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy, Good Cut
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates wide range of soils except heavy, poorly drained ones. Prefers rich, moist soils with light to moderate shade. Remove flowering stems after bloom to encourage additional bloom. Keep soils uniformly moist after bloom to prolong attractive foliage appearance. When foliage depreciates, plants may be cut to the ground. This cultivar may be purchased as seed, generally comes true from seed and may reseed in the garden under optimum growing conditions. However, different varieties of columbine may cross-pollinate with the resulting seed being at variance from either or both parents.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This columbine cultivar is a bushy, clump-forming perennial that typically grows 1.5-3' tall and features large, upward facing, fragrant, bright yellow flowers with long, outward curving spurs. Flowers are generally a more solid and brighter yellow than those of the species which is native to coniferous forests and aspen groves in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico. Blooms in spring. Triternate, almost fern-like, basal green foliage with a bluish tinge is somewhat suggestive of meadow rue (Thalictrum). Aquilegia comes from the Latin word for eagle in reference to the flower's five spurs which purportedly resemble an eagle's talon.


Susceptible to leaf miner. Foliage usually declines by mid-summer at which point it should be cut to the ground.

Garden Uses

Borders, cottage gardens, open shade gardens or naturalized areas. Also a good selection for a hummingbird garden.