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Aquilegia 'Songbird Blue Jay'

Columbine

Series: Songbird Series

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Members of the Songbird series from PanAmerican Seed share a compact habit and large, long-spurred, showy upward-facing flowers measuring 3” in length on average. ‘Blue Jay’ produces large, violet blue and white flowers. The shade of blue is a little more intense than ‘Bluebird’, another member of the series. Use in shady, woodland borders or as a cut flower.


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.

Height:

20-28 in

Spread:

18-24 in

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 9

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 'Songbird Blue Jay' Characteristics

Attributes

  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Mass Plant
  • Border
  • Container

Critter Resistance

  • Rabbit Resistant

Exposure

  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average

Plants that work well with Aquilegia 'Songbird Blue Jay'

Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Berry Timeless')
Heartleaf Alkanet Heartleaf Alkanet (Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost')
Goat's Beard Goat's Beard (Aruncus dioicus)