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AQUILEGIA flabellata 'Blue Angel'
Blue Angel Fan Columbine, Fan Columbine
The delicate flowers of ‘Blue Angel’ are violet-blue with ivory centers and larger than those of standard fan columbine. The mound-forming plants are also more vigorous.
Fan columbine is a small clump-forming alpine that’s well adapted to partial sun. It is a Japanese native that forms an attractive small mound of blue-green foliage. The delicate leaves are three-parted with scalloped edges. Despite its small size ‘Blue Angel’ offers a big floral show. Many short-stemmed blooms rise from the center of the clump in late spring. The nodding, broad-petaled flowers look like butterflies in flight and are commonly have violet-blue outer petals and white inner petals. The inner petals are backed by short hooked spurs which hold nectar for the butterflies and bees that pollinate them.
This hardy perennial is happiest planted in dappled sun and moist but well-drained fertile soil. It is susceptible to crown rot, which is why good drainage is essential. Plant fan columbine in a shaded rock garden or massed along the edge of a woodland border. It is easy to grow from seed and will gently self-sow.
9 - 1
4 - 9
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm
10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer
Spring, Summer, Fall
White, Blue Violet
Green, Light Yellow
Alpine, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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