Canadian columbine

Aquilegia canadensis

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Canadian columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
ak-will-EE-zsah kan-ah-DEN-sis
Genus:  Aquilegia

This airy perennial has ternate dark green leaves, and produces many nodding flowers from midspring to midsummer. Its scarlet flowers have yellow, downward-pointing sepals.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Self seeds. Attracts hummingbirds. U.S. native.

Care: 

Provide full sun to part shade and medium to dry soil.

Propagation: 

Sow seed in a cold frame in spring. Can divide cultivars in spring but plants respond slowly to root disturbance.

Problems: 

Powdery mildew, rust, fungal leaf spots. Aphids, leaf miners, and caterpillars.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Bees,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Native,
Self Seeds
Bloom Time
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Red,
Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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