Stems: slender, erect, branching. Leaves: basal ones biternate, lobed and crenate; stem-leaves few, nearly sessile. Flowers: small, nodding, blue and white; spurs short.

The smallest of the mountain Columbines, it may easily be recognized by its mauvish-blue and creamy blossoms and its very short styles. It is a more compact and therefore less graceful flower than A. formosa or A. flavescens.

The Columbine was first introduced into England from the Virginia Colony in the reign of Charles I, when a young botanist sent it as a gift to the great Tradescant, gardener and herbalist to the King.