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Aquilegia or 'Columbines'.

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With attractive flowers and equally good foliage Aquilegia or Columbines are a wonderful perennial well suited to cottage gardens.

Also known as, Columbines and , Granny’s Bonnet, Aquilegia are from both North America and Europe. Many have large spurred flowers and modern cultivars are readily available for sale online.

With bell shaped flowers combined with the long spurs, aquilegia flowers also come as doubles and are most attractive. The lacy fern-like foliage is an great addition to the perennial border.

Aquilegia are popular plant for cottage gardens Aquilegia will self seed. and they make a most attractive and interesting cut flower.

The Red Columbine usually refers to Aquilegia canadensis 'The Wild Red Columbine' however lots of other columbines do have red tones. Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is a native plant found widely from Nova Scotia to Florida.

Varieties

With over 50 species some have very attractive flowers and are worth looking for, a few of the best species include :
  • Aquilegia canadensis
  • Aquilegia formosa
  • Aquilegia vulgaris,
  • Aquilegia chrysantha
  • Aquilegia caerulea
  • Aquilegia alpina

However it is the hybrids that we most often see for sale, developed for larger lowers, multi colors and longer spurs.

The 'Barlow' strains are particularly popular

 

More information

Aquilegia are most popular the following states: Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Tennessee.

Problems

 

Available for sale online from the following suppliers

PINE KNOT FARMS
681 Rockchurch Road, Clarksville Virginia 23927 USA
434-252-1990 phone 434-252-0768 fax
Mail order, retail and wholesale of our specialty, is hellebores. Open on site on Fridays and Saturdays in spring and fall where we offer a full range of herbaceous material.

DIGGING DOG NURSERY
PO Box 471 Albion CA 95410
phone (707) 937-1130
A spectacular selection of hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees and vines for your garden.