Plant Care Rocky Mountain Columbine

Rocky Mountain Columbine

About Rocky Mountain Columbine

Rocky Mountain Columbine is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Rocky Mountain Columbine likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Rocky Mountain Columbine belongs to the aquilegia genus, and is native to Western North America.


Aquilegia caerulea

Also known as

columbine blue star

How to care for Rocky Mountain Columbine


How often to water your Rocky Mountain Columbine

Water needs for Rocky Mountain Columbine
0.5 cups
every 9

Rocky Mountain Columbine needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Seattle, Washington.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Rocky Mountain Columbine

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Rocky Mountain Columbine in Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

35% Very Low

Growing Rocky Mountain Columbine in Seattle right now

Light needs for plant Rocky Mountain Columbine in Seattle, Washington

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 29th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Seattle is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…

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Light needs for plant Rocky Mountain Columbine in Seattle, Washington

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 39.5% ☀️

November 30th, 2021

Seattle is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Seattle is expected to decrease by 39.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 4.7 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Rocky Mountain Columbine in Seattle, Washington

Daylight will decrease by 1.5 hours 📉

November 30th, 2021

This month, Seattle is getting an average of 8.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 15.4% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.2 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for Rocky Mountain Columbine in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Rocky Mountain Columbine: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Rocky Mountain Columbine love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Seattle, Washington ⛅.

Rocky Mountain Columbine does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Rocky Mountain Columbine

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Rocky Mountain Columbine: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Rocky Mountain Columbine after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Rocky Mountain Columbine

Nutrient needs for plant Rocky Mountain Columbine in Seattle, Washington

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 30th, 2021

The growing potential in Seattle is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to …

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Difficulty Level

Rocky Mountain Columbine is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Rocky Mountain Columbine

Rocky Mountain Columbine

Rocky Mountain Columbine

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Seattle, Washington, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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