Columbine

Intense, dark rosy pink outer petals contrast beautifully with white centers on 2” wide, long-spurred blooms. Makes a great cut flower! Its vigorous upright, airy habit make it a nice addition to woodland gardens, sunny rock gardens, and cottage gardens. 2’x2’ when in bloom, with flowers borne on tall branching stems held about 1’ above showy, lacy foliage. Like its relatives, it blooms all Spring long. Cut back and top dress with compost when your plant looks tired!

  • Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
  • Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
  • Species: canadensis (ka-na-DEN-sis) (Info)
  • Category: Perennials
  • Height: 12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
  • Spacing: 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
  • Hardiness: USDA Zones 3a – 8b
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade
  • Danger: Seed is poisonous if ingested; Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
  • Bloom Color: Red
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
  • Foliage: Herbaceous
  • Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
  • Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
  • Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic); 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
  • Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall; From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse; From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
  • Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed; Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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