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Our mystery seeds last week were from a blue columbine, Aquilegia caerulea.

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The blue columbine is known for its beautiful blue to lavender and white flowers. It is the state flower of Colorado and commonly grows in the Rocky Mountains.

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The plant has delicate fern-like leaves.

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Blue columbines are perennials and once established will come back year after year.

Although our mystery seeds were collected from plant growing in a yard in western New York, the flowers were photographed near here:

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Have you ever grown a blue columbine?