Granny’s bonnet

Aquilegia vulgaris

Photo/Illustration: 
Melissa Lucas
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Granny’s bonnet (Aquilegia vulgaris)
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Genus:  Aquilegia
Usually this plant produces nodding blue and white flowers, but color variation is common in this species.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Several cultivars offer unique characteristics.
Care:  Provide part shade to full sun and humusy, moist but well-drained 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
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Blue Flower,
Pink Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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