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Longspur columbine

Aquilegia longissima

This species of Aquilegia is short lived, but its bright yellow, fragrant flowers with elongated spurs will be a vibrant addition to your garden.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsNative to the southwestern U.S. and Texas. It is listed as endangered in some areas. Contact with sap may cause skin irritation. The cultivar 'Maxistar' is vigorous.

CareProvide full sun to partial shade and moist but well-drained soil.

PropagationSow seeds 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 : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Self Seeds
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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