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Summer Hours (March 1 – October 31)
Admissions Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Grounds close at 6 p.m.
Ages 12-64: $17
Ages 65+: $14
Ages 3-11: $12
2 and Under: Free
2016 Free Days: 11/4, 11/7, 11/17
There are approximately 70 species of columbine
In Nature: This species of Aquilegia is native to the Rocky Mountains from Montana south to New Mexico and west to Idaho and Arizona.
At the Zoo: This plant grows around the native Colorado gardens which are west of the Gates Center.
Moist woods; open, mountain meadows.
Relatively short lived as an individual plant, maybe 4-5 years and often less in a garden setting. It grows 1-2’ tall and 1’ wide. Blue-green leaves emerge in spring and its flowers are purple and white in May and June.
Most perennial plants native to Colorado grow in lean soil without much organic matter. Feeding these plants is not recommended.
This plant has an individual lifespan of roughly 5 years. In this time the plant will set lots of seed to replenish plants at all stages of development.
This plant is our state flower and its collection and picking plant parts are strictly prohibited.
This plant is not threatened. Longue tongued insects and hummingbirds enjoy the nectar and are the main pollinators.