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Aquilegia canadensis

Columbine

Red flowers with yellow centers hang like drifts of softly illuminated lanterns in April and May. Excellent as a shady rock garden naturalizer, it also is quite content in average garden conditions. Occurs naturally in rich rocky woods, north-facing slopes, cliffs, ledges, pastures, and roadside banks. Native to all states east of the Rockies, but not found in Louisiana.

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Height:

12-24 in

Spread:

12-12 in

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 9

Columbine Growing and Maintenance Tips

Columbine thrives in part to full shade, in any well-drained soil. Plants tolerate full sun if temperatures are cool, but they prefer partial shade. They may go dormant in mid summer if stressed by heat or drought, but will emerge again in late winter. Plants reseed readily and plantings may double in size in two years.

Aquilegia canadensis Characteristics

Attributes

  • Border

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant

Exposure

  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Hummingbirds

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Moist