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AQUILEGIA 'Music Blue and White'

Image of Aquilegia 'Music Blue and White' (MUSIC SERIES)

BallĀ® Horticultural Company

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

AQUILEGIA 'Music Blue and White'( MUSIC SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Columbine, Music Blue and White Columbine

General Description

The large flowers of 'Music Blue and White' columbine, standing above vigorous compact plants, are strikingly bi-colored, with large white petals and smaller purplish-blue petals. This hardy clump-forming perennial grows from small slender woody rhizomes (underground lateral stems). It offers clusters of rich gray-green scalloped leaves that appear along slender three-parted branches.

The big blooms of 'Music Blue and White' have five large outer petals/sepals that splay outwards and five long tubular spurred inner petals of white that flare at the mouth and transition to blue toward the tips of the spurs. The many flower buds open at different times, prolonging bloom from late spring into summer.

These columbines grow and flower best in full sun to partial shade and many soils but prefer evenly moist, organic-rich soil with good drainage. Like most columbines, the plants tend to decline slowly and die after a few years. However, this is rarely a disappointment because they reseed themselves almost to the point of weediness, and new plants replace the old. The leaves often become disfigured in summer by the trailing marks of leaf miners.

Enjoy this colorful heavy-flowering columbine in any partially shaded border. It is wise to plant it among other ornamentals that offer later color because once it has stopped flowering it has little visual appeal.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 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

  • Height

    15"-18" / 38.1cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Blue

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray 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

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes