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AQUILEGIA 'Maxi Star'
Columbine, Maxi Star Columbine
This hybrid columbine offers big golden blooms early in the season. One of its parent species, Colorado blue columbine (Aquilegia coerulea), is native to a large part of the American west where it thrives in the woodlands of the Rockies and other arid mountain ranges.
The vigorous ‘Maxistar’ produces clumps of lush foliage in spring. The blue-green leaves are three-parted and have a texture similar to that of maidenhair fern. While plants are attractive during the blooming season, the leaves die back when hot, dry summer temperatures hit.
The golden flowers are what really shine. They rise atop thin, branched stems from spring through early summer. Each large, spurred bloom is gold and yellow. The pretty outer petals are palest yellow and the spurred, fluted inner petals are golden yellow with a flourish of yellow stamens in the center.
Columbine grows best in full sun to partial shade and fertile well-drained soil that’s evenly moist. In more direct alpine sun or hot dry lowland climates, increase soil moisture accordingly. This, like many other columbine, can be a short-lived. Thankfully, the plants gently self-sow in the garden.
This perennial is deer resistant and easy to grow. It is ideal for woodland gardens and partially shaded mixed borders. After blooming it offers no ornamental appeal, so it should be planted among garden plants that look pretty later in the season.
9 - 5
5 - 9
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
25"-30" / 63.5cm - 76.2cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer
Light Yellow, Gold
Brown, Sandy Brown
Green, Sea Green
Sea Green, Yellow Green
Alpine, Mixed Border, Wildflower
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