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AQUILEGIA buergeriana

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Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

AQUILEGIA buergeriana

Plant Common Name

Columbine

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General Description

Naturally small from the start, perennial columbine offers great flowers and the vigor of a wild plant for adding charm to protected beds and borders. It is native to woodlands of Japan and is little cultivated as a species in the west. The foliage bears three part lobed leaves of lush green that resemble that of maidenhair fern in shape and texture. They are more densely held at the base of the plant, feathering out as they rise to flower. While plants are attractive during the bloom season, the leaves can suffer from dryness and die back in the late season.

The tri-colored flowers feature inner yellow petals, an outer ring of white and rosy red spurs which are inwardly curved. Each are produced as individuals or small bunches on fine branching wands that rise above the foliage. Dead-heading may extend its late spring to early summer season.

Grow this columbine in partial shade, and protect from direct afternoon sun. Soul should be fertile and well-drained, yet kept evenly moist. In hot climates, increase soil moisture accordingly to avoid crisping the leaf edges. Though perennial, this like many other columbines can be a short-lived plant that compensates by self-sowing, although seedlings are likely to vary considerably from the parent. These deer resistant plants are terrific for cottage or open woodland gardens and mixed flower borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 10

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, North America, 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

    White, Yellow, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Yellow Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes