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AQUILEGIA (DRAGONFLY SERIES)

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Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

AQUILEGIA( DRAGONFLY SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Columbine, Dragonfly Columbine

General Description

Columbines add fanciful color to perennial beds and rock gardens and members of the Dragonfly series won’t disappoint. The compact plants offer large showy flowers late spring to early summer.

The plants emerge in the spring with mounds of delicate, silvery green, lobed leaves held on slender branched stems. The large flowers have prominent tubular nectar-holding spurs that point backward and five huge showy tepals that flare outward. The flowers come in shades of rose, blue, yellow, white, pink, and crimson and many are bicolors.

Columbine is an easy to grow perennial that prefers full sun to partial shade and evenly moist, organic-rich soil with good drainage. They tend to cross-pollinate and self-sow, so many different variants can appear in the garden. Columbine tends to be short-lived so new ones can be beneficial. Those in the Dragonfly series have very strong stems and make pretty but short-lived cut flowers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 7

  • 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

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    20"-24" / 50.8cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Blue, Pink, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Blue Green, Silver

  • 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

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes