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AQUILEGIA flabellata 'Silver Edge'

Image of Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila 'Silver Edge'

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

AQUILEGIA flabellata var. pumila 'Silver Edge'

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Fan Columbine, Silver Edge Columbine

General Description

The sweet violet-blue and white flowered fan columbine 'Silver Edge' has variegated foliage that stands out most early in the season and fades as the summer progresses.

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 streaked and edged with silvery white. The delicate leaves are three-parted and have 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.

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"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • 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

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Blue, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Green, Gray Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • 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