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Question: I just bought a 1 qt perennial at the Home Depot in Chaska. All it had on the side of the pot was

Answer: I'll translate the plant tag for you: 1Q means 1-quart container; Aquilegia is the botanical name for Columbine; SPG equates to the Seeds Per Gram as sown by the grower; MG refers to the type of growth regulator applied by the grower; PNK&W tells you that the seeds sown were of pink and white flowering plants.

Essentially, you are growing a pink and white flowering columbine. The common name for Aquilegia is Columbine and this comes from the latin meaning ?dove?. The next time you see an aquilegia flower, turn it upside down and see if it doesn?t resemble a circle of doves sitting around drinking.

This plant is a late spring or early summer bloomer for the full sun. It will take very light shade and continue to bloom.

Height varies from three inches to over thirty inches and each variety will grow taller in warmer climates. Plant the taller varieties twelve inches apart and the shorter varieties 6 inches apart. And you?ll see blooms in shades of pink, blues, whites and yellows as well as combinations of them.

Columbine prefer a decent soil but certainly one that is well-drained is the order of the day.

Hope this answers all your questions!

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