Granny's bonnet

Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Blue Barlow'

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

Common Name: Granny's bonnet
Genus: Aquilegia
Species: vulgaris var. stellata
Cultivar: 'Blue 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: Blue, Purple
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May & June

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

A popular plant among garden designers this lovely grannys bonnet has beautiful fully double spur-less purple flowers in late spring above fern-like green leaves. The violet-blue blooms look particularly lovely against silver foliaged plants and it is equally at home planted with cottage garden flowers or among grasses. It is happiest in soil that retains moisture over the summer. It is quite short-lived but self-seeds freely though it rarely becomes a nuisance.

  • 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. Contact with the sap may cause skin irritation.


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