Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns') in the Columbines Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 8-12 inches
Plant Spread: 8-12 inches
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Other: Leaves have many leaflets.
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Spring
Other: Blooms for a longer time if deadheaded.
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Self fertile
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 4:29 PM

'Little Lanterns' is a great selection of wild Columbine which grows less than 1 foot tall. It has the same lovely green-blue glaucous leaves and deep red and yellow flowers. Give it sun or shade and very well-drained, lean soil. Due to its shorter stature, 'Little Lanterns' might be better suited for the area right next to the path or wall, or the middle of the rock garden. Collect the seeds and sow them where you want more or let it naturalize at will.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 3, 2014 3:17 PM

Aquilegia canadensis is a larval host for the Columbine Duskywing Skipper Butterfly and the Spring Azure Butterfly. Bumble bees and sweat bees enjoy this native plant.

Aquilegia canadensis is a source of nectar for hummingbirds.

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