Granny's bonnet

Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Black Barlow'

Granny's bonnet - Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata  'Black Barlow'

Common Name: Granny's bonnet
Genus: Aquilegia
Species: vulgaris var. stellata
Cultivar: 'Black Barlow'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Black, Purple
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A popular cultivar among garden designers this lovely grannys bonnet has beautiful fully double spur-less purple-black flowers in late spring above fern-like green leaves.  It looks gorgeous with other black flowers and is equally at home in cottage-garden scheme or among grasses. It thrives best in soil that retains moisture over the summer. It is easy to grow and quite short-lived but self-seeds 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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