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Columbine

I can’t imagine my little woodland garden without columbines. I think I would grow them for their bluish-green leaves and nothing more, but I do love the spurred flowers. They resemble stars wearing little pointed hats. I like to mix columbine with other shade tolerant plants such as spiderwort, Virginia sweetspire, hosta, ferns and variegated Solomon’s seal. This makes a delightful composition in the shadier parts of your garden.

Columbine are low growing herbaceous plants with small basal parsley shaped leaves in a medium green color. Their striking bell shaped flower is composed of 5 petals which are elongated into spurs that appear to be swept back by a strong wind. The flowers can be solid colored or multicolored, ranging from white to yellow to purple to red. Columbine is happiest in full to partial shade and prefers a well-drained, fertile soil. It responds well to being watered regularly to keep the soil consistently moist.

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Columbine
Aquilegia
Zone
6,7,8,9,10,11
Categories
perennial, shade lover, north american native
Bloom Time
spring
Light
Partial Shade
Soil
poor to average well drained soil
Plant Height
1 to 3 feet