late spring to early summer, may rebloom later
24 to 30 in.
12 to 24 in.
southwestern North America
sun, part shade
USDA zones 3-10
hardy to 9,000 ft.
Denver Gold columbine is native to the canyonlands in the southwest United States. It is a vigorous bloomer with cheerful, long-spurred, yellow flowers on tall stems. If the spent flowers are cut off, it will rebloom.
The leaves are deeply lobed and form an attractive mound of foliage. It exhibits mildew resistance as well as heat tolerance.
Denver Gold columbine tends to perform much better in Colorado Springs landscapes than the native blue columbine, which grows naturally in moist mountain meadows.
Denver Gold columbine has been a vigorous bloomer and comes back year after year at the Xeriscape Garden. It is planted in both full sun and part shade, and performs well under both conditions.
It is much more tolerant of hot, dry conditions than blue columbine. It spreads by seed, so we remove some seedlings each year.
Cut leaves to ground level in late winter since this is one of the first perennial flowers to start growing in spring.
Remove spent flowers after they are done blooming to promote a second set of flowers. If the seeds are left to mature on the plant, it will spread throughout an area.