Utah Columbine (Aquilegia scopulorum), family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup)
The beautiful Utah Columbine (a perennial) is the state flower of Utah. The foliage of this columbine is especially compact and is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the species. There are no recorded uses by Native Americans or others.
Plant location: Bryce Canyon National Park - Utah - June 5, 2017
Found in areas of Nevada, Utah, and a very small section of Colorado. See the BONAP distribution map, here. FLORA OF NORTH AMERICA shows the plants only in Nevada and Utah.Plant
Bloom season: June, July, and August
Habitats are rocky slopes, woodlands, or meadows. Our sightings as we hiked occured almost always on rocky slopes.Foliage
Bryce Canyon National Park - Utah - June 5, 2017
View of spurs (a hollow, slender, sac-like appendage of a petal or sepal, or of the calyx or corolla). The spurs of the flowers have been compared to ealgles claws. In fact, the genus name (Aquila) means eagle.