Columbine in the ‘Star Series’ put on a generous show of large, upfacing, long-spurred flowers held on branched, wiry stems in late spring to early summer. Appearing in a range of bright bicolors, the exquisite blooms are accented with sunny, yellow centers, and hover gracefully atop compact mounds of lacy, blue-green foliage.
Aquilegia is a genus of about 70 species that exist across northern temperate zones worldwide. Commonly known as columbine, they are beloved for their fanciful,...
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(Columbine, Swan Columbine)
Bred for uniform habit, heavy flowering and extended bloom time, members of the Swan Series come in a diverse array of mixed colors. In mid-spring these columbines develop neat mounds of delicate, three-parted, sea green leaves. Upright stems of delicate flowers appear in late summer. Their blooms have long, prominent nectaries, or backward facing spurs, and may be in mixed shades of yellow, red, yellow, lavender, burgundy, purple, pink or violet-blue. All columbine flowers are attractive to butterflies...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The beautiful, violet-blue flowers of Aquilegia alpina, or alpine columbine, have been cultivated since ancient times. Native to wooded mountain regions of Europe, it forms a low, spreading mound of delicate, lobed, blue-green foliage which somewhat resembles that of a maidenhair fern. Its large, nodding, cobalt-blue flowers feature contrasting, golden centers and rise well above the foliage on tall, wiry, branched stems from mid-spring through early summer.
(Columbine, Dark Columbine)
An alpine columbine from Central Europe and the Alps, dark columbine offers loads of delicate plum-purple flowers in spring. Native populations inhabit rocky outcrops at high to medium altitudes, so this is an ideal species for rock gardens. Like most Aquilegia, this is a spring bloomer that offers little to no ornamental interest when not in bloom.
Columbines are hardy, clump-forming perennials that often grow from small slender woody rhizomes (underground lateral stems). The small...
(Calimero Columbine, Columbine)
The nodding, lantern-like flowers of Aquilegia buergeriana ‘Calimero’ feature an outer ring of plum-purple sepals with long, reflexed, inward-curving spurs, contrasted with inner petals of soft, creamy yellow. A selection of a low-growing, woodland species native to Japan, ‘Calimero’ was chosen for its more intense flower coloration. The dainty blooms appear on finely-branched, wiry stems above compact mounds of lacy, blue-green foliage from mid-spring through early summer.
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Canadian Columbine, Red Columbine)
The easy to grow red columbine is an airy, herbaceous perennial native to the eastern United States and Canada. In its native habitat it's found in open woodlands and forest margins, so it's quite shade tolerant and ideal for naturalistic woodland gardens. It has an open habit and elegant look when in bloom.
In late spring to early summer, its tall branched stems bear dainty, nodding, red and yellow flowers with prominent spurred nectaries. These are subtended by delicate, ferny, three-parted leaves...
Mark A. Miller
(Canadian Columbine, Corbett Columbine, Red Columbine)
This cultivar is distinguished by its unique flowers that are solid yellow rather than red and yellow. It was discovered near Corbett, Maryland, hence the name.
The easy to grow Canadian columbine is an airy, herbaceous perennial native to the eastern United States and Canada. In its native habitat it's found in open woodlands and forest margins, so it's quite shade tolerant and ideal for naturalistic woodland gardens. It has an open habit and elegant look when in bloom.
In late spring to...
(Canadian Columbine, Little Lanterns Columbine, Red Columbine)
This cultivar is distinguished by its dwarf habit and heavy blooming. The easy to grow 'Little Lanterns' is a sweet herbaceous perennial that originates from the eastern United States and Canada. In its native habitat red columbine is found in open woodlands and forest margins, so it's quite shade tolerant and ideal for naturalistic woodland gardens. It has an open habit and elegant look when in bloom.
In late spring to early summer, the short branched stems of 'Little Lanterns' bear dainty, nodding,...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Heavy blooming and delicate, Colorado or golden columbine is a perennial native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. In the late spring to early summer it produces lightly fragrant, intricate lemon yellow flowers with long, curved, back-facing spurs that hold nectar for the butterflies and hummingbirds that visit them. These are subtended by ferny green foliage that looks good early in the season but wanes towards the end of summer.
Plant this fine perennial in rich, evenly...