Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc. Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Aquilegia 'Crimson Star'

Columbine

Bright crimson-red, long-spurred flowers with a white corolla and yellow stamens explode into color in late spring. Try planting this variety with A. 'Dove', a pure white columbine, for a balanced composition.

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Height:

24-30 in

Spread:

18-24 in

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 9

Interesting Notes:

Aquilegia is especially lovely when allowed to naturalize in shady, woodland borders. They also have excellent potential as cut flowers, lasting up to 2 weeks in a vase.

Columbine Growing and Maintenance Tips

Columbine is easy to grow in loose, average to rich, well-drained soil. Heavy or soggy soils will hasten their demise. They can be grown in full sun or partial shade, though light shade will prolong the flowering time.  In the fall, cut plants back to their basal foliage. In the spring, remove only the dead leaves. Columbine is sometimes affected by leaf miners. If this happens, cut the foliage all the way back to the ground and discard it. Healthy, new growth will emerge quickly. Propagate by sowing named seed rather than by division; mature plants do not like to be disturbed.

Aquilegia 'Crimson Star' Characteristics

Attributes

  • Specimen
  • Border
  • Mass Plant

Critter Resistance

  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Deer Resistant

Exposure

  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average