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Aquilegia hybrida 'Songbird Robin'

Columbine

Hybridized for their compact habit and large, long spurred flowers, members of the "Songbird Series" are among the most showy of all columbines. The most unique feature of the plants in this series is the way in which the flowers face skyward, not nodding like many other varieties, maximizing their full visual potential.

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Height:

20-28 in

Spread:

18-24 in

Spacing:

10-14 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 hybrida 'Songbird Robin' Characteristics

Attributes

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

Critter Resistance

  • Rabbit Resistant

Exposure

  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average