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Columbine
Aquilegia

 

Description:
An especially lovely perennial when allowed to naturalize in shady, woodland borders. They also have excellent potential as cut flowers, lasting up to 2 weeks in a vase.   Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.




 


Common Name: Columbine
Botanical Name: Aquilegia
Type: Perennial
Soil Preference: Columbine is easy to grow in loose, average to rich, well-drained soil. Heavy or soggy soils will hasten their demise.  Prefers a neutral pH.
Light Requirements: They can be grown in full sun or partial shade, though light shade will prolong the flowering time.
Attributes: Good rock garden plant, good woodland garden plant, good for naturalizing, attracts birds, suitable for cut flowers, shade tolerant.
Pests: Columbine is sometimes affected by leaf miners. If this happens, cut the foliage all the way back to the ground and discard it. Healthy, new growth will emerge quickly.  Also affected by borer, aphids and mites.
Diseases: Leaf spots, crown rot, rust, black root rot, gray mold, blight, mildew and impatiens necrotic spot virus.
Good Companion Plants: Bleeding Heart, Blue Star, Heartleaf Brunnera, Forget-Me-Not, Foxglove, Hardy Geranium, Jacob's Ladder, Garden Peony
Care: In the fall, cut plants back to their basal foliage. In the spring, remove only the dead leaves. Propagate by sowing named seed rather than by division; mature plants do not like to be disturbed. Fertilize with Plant-tone as recommended.

Planting Instructions:  Perennials

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Aquilegia 'Biedermeier'
Columbine
zones 3-9
 
Description:  A favorite vintage selection of many gardeners, 'Biedermeier' is a hybrid strain in shades of white, pink, and purple. The wide, upward-facing flowers are borne on compact plants with a stiff growth habit. This is a relatively small variety that works well in containers or rock gardens.
Bloom Color: Mix
Bloom Time: May-June
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 8-12"
Spread: 8-12"


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Aquilegia 'Blackcurrant Ice'
Columbine
zones 3-9
 
Description:  This true dwarf species of Columbine is compact and well-branched with blue-green foliage that is reportedly less prone to insect damage than other species.  The bicolor, short spurred flowers have creamy yellow corollas enrobed in rich purple petals.  This smaller variety of columbine looks cute in spring containers and near the front of the landscape.  It is especially lovely in rock gardens. 
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: May-June
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 6-12"
Spread: 9-12"


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Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Aquilegia 'Cardinal'
Columbine
zones 3-9
 
Description:  Honored with the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2003. This selection is a member of the "Songbird Series", sporting exquisite, 3 in., long-spurred, dramatic red and white bicolor blossoms.  Hybridized for their compact habit and large flowers, the "Songbird Series" is one of the most showy of all aquilegia. The most unique feature of the plants in this series is the way in which the flowers face skyward, not nodding like many other varieties, maximizing their full potential
Bloom Color: Red & White
Bloom Time: May-June
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 24-28"
Spread: 18-24"


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Aquilegia 'Clementine Dark Purple'
Columbine
zones 3-9

 
Description:  A spectacular new generation of columbine, this selection sports dark purple flowers that resemble a double clematis blossom. They face upward for best display and are spurless. Makes an excellent cut flower.
Bloom Color: Dark purple
Bloom Time: May-June
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-18"
Spread: 12-18"


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Aquilegia 'Clementine Red'
Columbine
zones 3-9

 
Description:  A spectacular new generation of columbine, this selection sports fuchsia-red flowers that resemble a double clematis blossom. They face upward for best display and are spurless. Makes an excellent cut flower.
Bloom Color: Fuchsia-red
Bloom Time: May-June
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-18"
Spread: 12-18"


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Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Aquilegia 'Dorothy Rose'
Columbine
zones 3-9

 
Description:  An outstanding, totally unique columbine. The light rose-pink flowers of 'Dorthy Rose' are "hose-in-hose" style, meaning that several flowers are set inside one another. They look like little granny's bonnets, hence their common name "Granny's Bonnet". These distinctive blooms are complimented by the attractive light blue-green foliage. This selection debuted at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1999.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May-June
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 24-30"
Spread: 18-24"


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Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Aquilegia 'Origami Mix'
Columbine
zones 3-9

 
Description:  This new columbine has an extended bloom time, up to 12 weeks, which is much longer than the older varieties. 'Origami Mix' produces large 3 inch flowers in a variety of colors including blue, pink, red, white, and yellow. All of them start to bloom in late spring.  This is a valuable selection because of its uniform growth habit, free-flowering tendency, and upward-held flowers.
Bloom Color: Multi
Bloom Time: Spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 14-18"
Spread: 12-18"


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Aquilegia 'Sunshine'
Columbine
zones 3-9

 
Description:  A wonderful bright yellow selection with large double flowers and long attractive spurs. Very floriferous.  Plants prefer moist, well-drained soil and grow best in partial shade.
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: :Late Spring-Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 24-28"
Spread: 12-18"


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Photo courtesy of Ball Horticultural Company

Aquilegia 'Winky Blue & White'
Columbine
zones 3-8

 
Description:  Winky offers unique colors on an abundance of upright-facing flowers - very floriferous. Plants are uniform in habit and height with strong stems and a vigorous, bushy habit. Mildew-tolerant series has very good performance in landscapes and containers. Flowers spring to early summer.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Spring to Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-14"
Spread: 12-14"
 

 


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