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AQUILEGIA chrysantha var. hinckleyana

Image of Aquilegia chrysantha var. hinckleyana

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

AQUILEGIA chrysantha var. hinckleyana

Plant Common Name

Hinckley's Golden Columbine

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

The hinckleyana variety of golden columbine is indigenous to the Big Bend area of Texas. In the spring, fragrant and showy cup-like lemon yellow flowers with long, curving spurs are produced in mass. If deadheaded, it will rebloom throughout the summer. Its ferny bluish-green mound of foliage will stay attractve all season if kept evenly moist in well-drained soils and shaded from the hot sun. Golden columbine reseeds freely and will cross-pollinate with other columbines, so variations in flowers may occur. An essential plant for the butterfly/hummingbird or rock garden, it also makes a nice cutflower.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Southwestern United States, Texas, Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Lemon Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Blue Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • 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

    Alpine, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes