Aquilegia, also known as Columbine, is a beautiful perennial that is adored for its lacy foliage and delicate flowers. The divided leaves are reminiscent of maidenhair fern and come in many shades of green, ranging from a fresh green to a blue-gray green. Slender, branching stems carry erect or nodding blooms in the spring and early summer. The sepals and petals are often contrasted in color and have backward projecting, nectar bearing spurs.
Aquilegia hybrida can grow 3’ x 2’ and come in a wide range of colors.
Aquilegia is an easy to care for plant that can tolerate most soil types as long as there is good drainage. It has average watering needs and does well in full sun and partial shade. Aquilegia can be prone to leaf miners and sawflies. If the leaves become disfigured, simply trim off the ugly foliage and the plants will grow back fresh leaves. Aquilegia provides beautiful cut flowers. Cut the stems back to get a second crop of flowers later in the season. The dried seed pods also make attractive arrangements!
Aquilegia is popular in woodland habitats, as borders, in containers (as a filler), massed, or in edging.
This beautiful plant attracts everything you want in your garden (bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds) but keeps away all the critters you don’t want (deer and rabbit resistant!)
The Sunset Western Garden zones are A2, A3; 1-10, 14-24.
We are currently growing Aquilegia hybrids in 4.5” rounds in the following varieties:
‘Kirigami™ Deep Blue White’
‘Kirigami™ Red White’
‘Earlybird™ Purple Blue’
‘Earlybird™ Red White’
The Earlybird™ series was bred for their vibrant colors, neatly mounded habit, and unusual color combinations