The Q&A Archives: Columbines And Acidic Soil

Question: We have a spot under some pine trees that could use some color. We have chosen columbines and wondered if they could tolerate the acidic soil. We have heard that a columbine called the bluebird variety tolerates the soil very well. Any tips?

Answer: Columbines are generally not too fussy about soil as long as it is well-drained. They prefer cool, moist soil rich in organic matter, and filtered shade, which recreates the conditions they are found in naturally. Plants usually live only a few years, but will often self-sow. A plant source database search didn't turn up a columbine variety called bluebird, but growers are constantly coming up with new varieties. Give it a try!

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