Wooden Surface

Aquilegia canadensis

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)

  • details


    1/2 quart pot

    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

  • special notes

    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)