Columbines And Acidic Soil - Knowledgebase Question

Northwood, ND
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Question by jdaslt
October 25, 2000
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 from NGA
October 25, 2000
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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