Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis 'Corbett'

Photo/Illustration: 
Allan Armitage
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Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis 'Corbett')
ak-will-EE-zsah kan-ah-DEN-sis
Genus:  Aquilegia

This airy perennial has delicate dark-green leaves and many nodding, light-yellow flowers from mid-spring to midsummer. 

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Not as robust as the species and won't reseed as heavily. U.S. native.

Care: 

Grow in full sun to part shade and moist but well-drained soil. It is tolerant of most soils, but prefers rich, moist ones and part shade.

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.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring,
Summer
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest

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