Perennials forum: Why didn't my columbines bloom?

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Western Maine
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Jul 13, 2013 12:15 PM CST
I have two patches of columbine in a light woodsy area. One is red, candensis, and the other is blue, a variety of blues. These are established plants, and have bloomed for years, but this year not a bloom in either patch. No insect damage that I can see. Plants look healthy. I have other columbine in various places, though not as many plants, yellow in the perennial garden, purple in another spot, and mixed colors, and they bloomed. The age of the problem plants is varied, as they re-seed plentifully. Any idea what happened to them?
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Jul 15, 2013 9:30 AM CST
Columbines are a short lived perennial so I was wondering if the original plants died and these are seedlings? They usually will not flower the first year. Have you done anything different to this area?
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Jul 15, 2013 1:00 PM CST
No, definitely a mix of old and new plants. I find the new ones don't bloom for a couple of years, but I have 5 or 6 plants in each bed that bloomed last year, and they're not all the same age, so they wouldn't all have aged out at the same time, I don't think.

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