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AQUILEGIA 'McKana's Improved Giants'

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Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

AQUILEGIA 'McKana's Improved Giants'( McKana Group)

Plant Common Name

Columbine, McKana's Improved Giants Columbine

General Description

The tall and graceful columbines in the McKana Group are heavy-flowering, large and brightly colored. And, 'McKana's Improved Giants' are especially big and beautiful. They are knockouts in bloom and cannot be beat when it comes to vigor and performance.

In spring they put forth open mounds of three parted, soft green, lobed leaves. By late spring to early summer they bear tall erect stems of upward facing or nodding large spurred flowers that are strongly bicolored in an array of colors. The outer petals and broad and open and the inner petals are tubular and have long pronounced spurs that hold nectar for the many pollinators that visit them. Pretty golden stamens extend from the center of each flower.

Grow columbine in full sun to partial shade and fertile well-drained soil that’s evenly moist. The more sunlight the more important it is the soil has available moisture. Their tall blooms may require staking, especially planted in partial sun to shade. They can be short-lived, but self-sow gently to replace themselves; though the seedlings vary widely and will not come true to seed. Deadhead spent flowers immediately if you don’t want new plants to seed in.

Columbine flowers attract many pollinators and are pretty when cut for arrangements, though they are not long-lasting. These deer resistant perennials are terrific for cottage or open woodland gardens and mixed flower borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    28"-36" / 71.1cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Purple, Pink, Rose, Coral, Burgundy, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    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

    Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes