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Fan columbine

Aquilegia flabellata

The fan columbine produces short, plump, nodding, blue-purple flowers with white petal tips.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSeveral cultivars offer superior characteristics.

CareCombine with ferns to cover foliage once it begins to fade in summer.

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 : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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