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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Winky Double Blue and White'

Columbine

This is a novelty variety of columbine that produces myriads of small, double, blue and white flowers on uniform, sturdy plants. The flowers are presented in a bouquet atop the nicely mounded foliage and face upward for best display. This variety works well in containers or near the front of flower borders.

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Height:

12-18 in

Spread:

12-18 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 vulgaris 'Winky Double Blue and White' Characteristics

Attributes

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

Critter Resistance

  • Rabbit Resistant

Exposure

  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Hummingbirds
  • Butterflies

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average