Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guiness') in the Columbines Database

Common names:
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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
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8a
Plant Height: 24-30 inches (60-75cm)
Plant Spread: 18 to 24 inches (45-60cm)
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Slow to establish after division.
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


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Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on Jun 4, 2012 7:00 PM

This is one of the showiest columbines I've grown. The spurred bicolor blooms are very striking, almost black & white. It's one of the tallest columbines I have also, so it really gets noticed.

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Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Aug 2, 2012 10:55 AM

I planted these in full shade and they've taken about 4 years to achieve good size. The difference from year 3 to 4 was dramatic, however, with nearly a doubling in height. I've moved to bright dappled shade/part shade and hope to see much better performance.

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