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AQUILEGIA flabellata var. pumila 'Alba'
Dwarf Fan Columbine
This sweet white-flowered fan columbine is smaller than average and commonly sold under the names Aquilegia flabellata 'Nana Alba' or Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila f. alba.
Fan columbine is a small clump-forming alpine perennial 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 it offers a nice floral show.
Many short-stemmed blooms rise from the center of the clump in late spring. The white nodding, broad-petaled flowers look like butterflies in flight and have spreading outer petals and tubular 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
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer
Green, Blue Green
Green, Blue Green, Light Yellow
Alpine, Container, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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