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Canadian columbine

Aquilegia canadensis

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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 CharacteristicsSelf seeds. Attracts hummingbirds. U.S. native.

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

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

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

  • Genus : Aquilegia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Self Seeds
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Red, Yellow
  • Bloom Time : Spring, Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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