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AQUILEGIA 'Ballerina'

Image of Aquilegia 'Ballerina'

Bosh Bruening

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

AQUILEGIA 'Ballerina'

Plant Common Name

Ballerina Columbine, Columbine

General Description

The fluffy, appleblossom- pink flowers of Aquilegia 'Ballerina' add a lively, feminine touch to the garden. Appearing in late spring to early summer, the airy, fully-double blooms are held gracefully on slender stems atop mounds of lacy, sea-green foliage.

Aquilegia ‘Ballerina’ performs best in dappled sun to partial shade and evenly moist, nutrient-rich soil with good drainage. It will readily cross with other columbine and self-sow if allowed to go to seed, which is considered an advantage by some gardeners. However, plants should be deadheaded promptly if new plants are not desired. An ideal choice for woodland plantings and mixed borders, the pastel blossoms of ‘Ballerina’ also make fine cut flowers.

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, lantern-like flowers, which usually bloom in spring or summer atop slender stems of varying lengths. These hardy perennials typically form clumps of delicate, pale to deep green, lobed leaves which emerge from small, slender, woody rhizomes (underground lateral stems). Columbine species vary widely in size and habit, and may occur in open woodlands, meadows, or alpine areas. Their colorful blooms are attractive to bees, hummingbirds, and many species of butterflies and moths.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    18"-30" / 45.7cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    10"-20" / 25.4cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Sea Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes