Genus: Columbine

Aquilegia

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Columbine (Aquilegia)
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Ranunculaceae
A spring delight, these wonderful rock or woodland plants are small in stature but large in effect. Rounded blue-green leaves with colorful bell-shaped flowers appear in spring.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Great range of vivid and delightful flower colors. Self-seeds readily. Often attracts hummingbirds.
Care:  Provide fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Alpine species need gritty, sharply draining soil.
Propagation: 

Sow seed in a cold frame in spring. Cultivars can be divided in spring but plants respond slowly to root disturbance.

Problems: 

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

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Aquilegia

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Alpine columbine
Aquilegia alpina
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Rocky Mountain columbine
Aquilegia caerulea
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Canadian columbine
Aquilegia canadensis
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Columbine
Aquilegia canadensis 'Corbett'
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Golden columbine
Aquilegia chrysantha
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Fan columbine
Aquilegia flabellata
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Longspur columbine
Aquilegia longissima
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Granny’s bonnet
Aquilegia vulgaris