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Golden columbine

Aquilegia chrysantha

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Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Star'

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 CharacteristicsContact with sap may irritate skin.

CareProvide part to full shade. Plants can tolerate full sun in cooler climates. This columbine is quite adaptable.

PropagationSow 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.

ProblemsSusceptible 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.

  • Genus : Aquilegia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Self Seeds, Showy Seed Heads
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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