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AQUILEGIA 'Maxi Star'

Image of Aquilegia 'Maxi Star'

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

AQUILEGIA 'Maxi Star'

Plant Common Name

Columbine, Maxi Star Columbine

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    25"-30" / 63.5cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow, Gold

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Sea Green, Yellow Green

  • 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, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes