The Desert columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha) belongs to Ranunculaceae (the Buttercup family). It is a perennial herb that is distributed from Arizona to Colorado, Texas, New Mexico and Utah in the southwestern United States. It grows in the shade of rocky mountains at an altitude of 1000 to 3500 m and can reach a height of 30 to 120 cm. The leaves at the base have 2-3 leaflets, shorter than the cauline leaves. The yellow flowers come in spring and summer. The corolla is upright, the calyx is lanceolate, and has a long spur.