Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Blue Barlow'
Common Name: Granny's bonnet
Species: vulgaris var. stellata
Cultivar: 'Blue Barlow'
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage
|Hardiness: Hardy||Height: 0.90 m (90 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shade||Spread: 0.45 m (45 cm)|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous||Flower Colour: Blue, Purple|
|Foliage Colour: Green||Flowering 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.
Aquilegia 'Schneekonigin' (syn. Snow Queen)