The Main Plant entry for Columbines (Aquilegia)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Hummingbirds
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

White Columbine 001

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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2018-05-07Purple Columbine 008
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2018-06-16Growing wild in the woods in North-central MA
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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Nov 22, 2011 7:35 PM

These are one of my all time favorite perennials. They often self sow and cross, so I have a large variety of colors and sizes. Seed can be winter sown and needs light to germinate. Transplanting should be done when plants are small for much better success rate. Large plants have deep tap roots. They are short lived, so best to allow some seedlings to mature to give a good show in the garden.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 3:40 AM

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

"Columbine is a hardy perennial, which propagates by seed. It will grow to a height of 15 to 20 inches. It will grow in full sun; however, it prefers growing in partial shade and well drained soil, and is able to tolerate average soils and dry soil conditions. Columbine is rated at hardiness zone 3 in the USA so does not require mulching or protection in the winter.

Large numbers of hybrids are available for the garden, since the British A. vulgaris was joined by other European and North American varieties. Aquilegia species are very interfertile, and will self-sow. Some varieties are short-lived so are better treated as biennials.

They are used as food plants by some Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) caterpillars. These are mainly of noctuid moths – noted for feeding on many poisonous plants without harm – such as Cabbage Moth (Mamestra brassicae), Dot Moth (Melanchra persicariae) and Mouse Moth (Amphipyra tragopoginis). The Engrailed (Ectropis crepuscularia), a geometer moth, also uses columbine as a larval foodplant."

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 22, 2013 3:25 PM

Columbines remind me of spring meadows. Fortunately, we can have these meadow flowers in our gardens. Often the individual plants don't last long, dying out after a few years. Usually seedlings have popped up to replace the missing plants.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Sep 24, 2015 9:21 AM

Columbines are my favorite early spring flower, but are short lived for me. I might get two good seasons from a plant, then they lose vigor and either come back very small with few flowers, or reseed themselves as 'granny bonnets' - plain-jane short spurred light purple. My solution is to simply add several healthy new plants every year and enjoy the rotating show.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Beautiful! by plantladylin Nov 8, 2012 7:36 PM 13
This aquilegia appears to be a hybrid, not Aquilegia flavescens by growitall Jan 11, 2014 12:18 PM 0
Not Aquilegia skinneri by growitall Mar 26, 2014 11:25 PM 1
Not Aquilegia saximontana by growitall Mar 28, 2014 7:12 PM 0
Not Aquilegia saximontana by growitall Apr 8, 2014 5:08 PM 1
Pretty columbine but not representative of 'Blue Barlow' by growitall Apr 12, 2014 6:10 PM 1
Untitled by growitall May 9, 2014 7:27 PM 2
A possible hybrid thereof, but not Aquilegia chrysantha by growitall Nov 4, 2014 9:26 PM 1
Blue flowered alpine by kniphofia Apr 22, 2019 10:20 PM 5
Dividing and thinning and some seedlings for trade by frankielynn Apr 5, 2019 8:35 AM 1
Unknown plant coming up in planter. Please help ID. by Zushi Apr 6, 2019 4:57 AM 4
Ideas under deck steps by tvglaser Apr 13, 2019 2:04 AM 9
2019 Indoor Seed Starts by Lily_Lover Apr 24, 2019 3:39 AM 26
Which species of columbine (Aquilegia) is this? by lophophora Jan 11, 2019 9:10 PM 2
Lots of pretty seeds by magena Feb 24, 2019 1:08 AM 5
The mistery of the small traveller by jujuwolf Dec 5, 2018 7:25 AM 2
Planting Perennials in October by enitkinas Sep 29, 2018 7:40 AM 1
Columbine (Aquilegia) by NCRAS Sep 3, 2018 9:28 AM 1

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