Columbine

Aquilegia McKana Group

Columbine - Aquilegia  McKana Group

Common Name: Columbine
Genus: Aquilegia
Cultivar: McKana Group

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.75 m (75 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Purple, Pink, Red, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Aquilegias are grown for their distinctive delicate nodding flowers that vary in shape and size between species. McKana Hybrids have bonnet-like flowers in shades of blue, lilac, yellow, pink and rose red from late spring to mid summer above mounds of ferny mid-green leaves. The flowers are larger than other species and are often made up of two colours. They will thrive in a sunny moisture retentive border. They are quite short-lived but self-seed freely though rarely to nuisance level.

  • Garden care: Lift and divide large clumps in early spring and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost around the plant. Divided specimens may take some time to establish since they dont like having their roots disturbed.  Deadhead to prolong flowering. Contact with the sap may cause skin irritation.


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