Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
AQUILEGIA flabellata var. pumila
Dwarf Fan Columbine
This sweet fan columbine is smaller than average and commonly sold under the name 'Nana.'
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 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
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer
White, Blue Violet
Green, Blue Green
Green, Blue Green, Light Yellow
Alpine, Container, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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