Patience is a virtue with this lovely flowering perennial. The Red Columbine is an important nectar source for hummingbirds and pollinators.
Best suited for light sun/part shade areas, you likely won’t see flowers until the second year after planting. Once the showy red and yellow flowers emerge, you will delight in watching the myriad of wildlife attracted to them.
With the right soil, these plants will willingly self-seed into a large colony, and if we happen to have a cooler summer the blooms may remain well into July. You will not regret adding this pollinator powerhouse to your garden.
Fun fact: Aquilegia comes from the Latin word “aquila”, which means “eagle”, and refers to the spurs at the back of the flower that look like an eagle's claw.
ECO-TYPE: grown from seed originally from Helia Native Nursery, western MA.
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Aquilegia canadensis (Wild columbine)
SIZE: type: herbaceous perennial sun needs: part sun/part shade water needs: Average to dry soil height: 2' plant spacing: 1/sq ft bloom time: April, May, June bloom color: red
good plant companions
bloodroot, wild ginger, wild leek, spring beauty, hepatica, violets, Dutchmans' breeches, false Solomon's seal, bluets
salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur. deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)