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AQUILEGIA flabellata 'Blue Angel'

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Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

AQUILEGIA flabellata 'Blue Angel'

Plant Common Name

Blue Angel Fan Columbine, Fan Columbine

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Yellow

  • 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

    Alpine, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes