Golden columbine

Aquilegia chrysantha

Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Star'
Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Thompson & Morgan Seedsmen, Inc.
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Golden columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha)
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Genus:  Aquilegia
A. chrysantha is a vigorous grower that will add a real burst of color to any southern garden. This southwestern U.S. native has 3-inch yellow flowers in spring and reaches almost 3 feet tall.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Contact with sap may irritate skin.
Care:  Provide part to full shade. Plants can tolerate full sun in cooler climates. This columbine is quite adaptable.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe, or in spring. All columbines self seed profusely as well as hybridizing freely. Divide named cultivars in spring, although they are slow to recover since the rootstocks resent disturbance.
Problems:  Susceptible to powdery mildew and rust in dry summers. Fungal leaf spots are also common, and Southern blight is sometimes a problem. Prone to aphids, leaf miners and caterpillars.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Yellow Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Naturalizing
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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