Thanks Lori but I really am a dunce when it comes to plant ID's. Thanks also to Mark. Two further images below that I hope will be useful.
in Devon, UK Zone 9b
Looks like a mutt, to me. The real thing, apparently, isn't that common in seed exchanges.
Rick Rodich zone 4a. Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
I'd like to hear Mark's opinion but after reviewing all the info on S. saximontana that he posted previously in this thread, I'd also guess it's a hybrid of A. saximontana, given the anomalous spur form and the gradual shading from blue to white on the corolla. What do you say, Mark?
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm
I agree with Lori and Rick, looks like a hybrid to me as well, it has the "court jester shoe" coil at the end of the spurs like flabellata does, but not quite so strongly coiled as usual, which leads me to suspect a hybrid, closer to flabellata. The spurs head more or less straight back on David's plant, versus the narrower divergent slightly-arched spurs on saximontana that spread outwards, without a coiled end. These two links show the spur differences:
Court jester shows, remind me of coiled spur tips on Aquilegia flabellata.http://www.ocostumes.com/htc/15ha02ry.jpghttps://www.heritagecostumes.com/secure/images/products/5061.jpg
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Mark, thanks for that, I'm grateful to you for your time. it's still a pretty little thing though and I like it a lot. I shall have to contact all the people I've given seedlings to.
My pleasure David, I'm always up for a little mystery. It is indeed a pretty little columbine.
Can anyone tell me whether this A. saximontana please?
Chris Northumberland UK
It doesn't look like it, compared to the splayed "court jester" spurs of the real thing (shown in previous photos in this thread).
Join the club Chris (No It's Not Aquilegia Saximontana Society)
Well, look who's here... Nice to meet you Mr Nicholson!
Thanks very much Lori, I'll have to try more seed...