Western Columbine, Santa Rosa Range
Western Columbine has showy, bright red and yellow flowers that nod or hang upside down. The long, tubular petals form distinctive red spurs that reach toward the sky. These spurs contain nectar sacs in their knob-like ends. Hummingbirds and bees are attracted to the flowers and the sweet nectar and are the most common pollinators this plant. The sepals are red and flare outwards and are often confused with petals. The mouth of the petals tend to be yellow and contain the long-protruding stamens. Once the flower have been pollinated the flowers turn upright. The leaves are compound, divided into three leaflets.
Western Columbine, Pine Forest Range
Blackwell, L.R. "Great Basin Wildflowers: A Guide to Common Wildflowers of the High Deserts of Nevada, Utah, and Oregon." Morris Book Publishing, LLC., 2006.