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AQUILEGIA flabellata var. pumila 'Silver Edge'
Dwarf Fan Columbine, Silver Edge Columbine
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.
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"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm
10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer
White, Light Blue, Blue Violet
White, Green, Gray Green
White, Green, Gray Green, Light Yellow
Alpine, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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