Columbine - Aquilegia

Common Name: Columbine
Genus: Aquilegia

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.70 m (70 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

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

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

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Aquilegia are grown for their attractive bell-shaped pendulous flowers that are produced in late spring and early summer. There are many hybrids and cultivars. There are a wide range of flower colours including purple, yellow, pink, white and red. Some cultivars have bi-coloured flowers.

The flowers are produced on upright flower stalks which range in height between 30cm and 75cm. If you allow Aquilegia to self-seed around the garden they will cross and surprise you with a display of varying new shades annually. Aquilegia have greenish-blue lobed basal leaves.

Some cultivars have variegated leaves.



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