Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis

The intricate red and yellow bell-like flowers of Wild Columbine attract a variety of pollinators. The deep nectaries are perfectly shaped for hummingbirds and long-tongued insects …

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Plants 3" Pots
1-4 $6.99 ea.
5-10 $5.99 ea.
11-31 $4.99 ea.
32+ $3.99 ea.
Availability: In stock
SKU
31030-03
Cultural Details
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Dry, Medium
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial, Shade
Height 1' -3'
Bloom Color Red, Yellow
Bloom Time May, June
Spacing 1'
Hardiness Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Root Type Fibrous
Benefits Pollinators, Hummingbirds, Host Plant, Deer Resistant

The intricate red and yellow bell-like flowers of Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) attract a variety of pollinators. The deep nectaries are perfectly shaped for hummingbirds and long-tongued insects.

Easily grown in average well-drained soil in full sun to shade, Columbine tolerates a wide range of soils, as long as drainage is good. Soil that is too rich encourages weaker stems and possibly shorter lifespans, while thin, sandy soils will produce a tight, compact plant that can live for many years. In optimum growing conditions it will self-seed freely. It's easy to collect the seeds from the plant and replant them in the location of your choice.

Columbine is popular in shade gardens, rock gardens, cottage gardens or naturalized areas. The light, airy texture of the stems and flowers combines well with a variety of early bloomers such as Wild Geranium, Foamflower, and Wild Ginger.

Host plant for the Columbine Duskywing butterfly (Erynnis lucilius) and the Pink-Tinted Beauty (Eosphoropteryx thyatyroides).