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AQUILEGIA 'Red Star'

Image of Aquilegia 'Red Star' (STAR SERIES)

Jesse Saylor

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

AQUILEGIA 'Red Star'( STAR SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Columbine, Red Star Columbine

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Columbine in the ‘Star Series’ put on a generous show of large, upfacing, long-spurred flowers held on branched, wiry stems in late spring to early summer. Appearing in a range of bright bicolors, the exquisite blooms are accented with sunny, yellow centers, and hover gracefully atop compact mounds of lacy, blue-green foliage.

Aquilegia is a genus of about 70 species that exist across northern temperate zones worldwide. Commonly known as columbine, they are beloved for their fanciful, lantern-like flowers, which usually bloom in spring or summer atop slender stems of varying lengths. These hardy perennials typically form clumps of delicate, pale to deep green, lobed leaves which emerge from small, slender, woody rhizomes (underground lateral stems). Columbine species vary widely in size and habit, and may occur in open woodlands, meadows, or alpine areas. Their colorful blooms are attractive to bees, hummingbirds, and many species of butterflies and moths.

Aquilegia species cross easily, and often create natural hybrids, which is one reason why they have been so heavily hybridized. They are easy to grow and prefer dappled sun to partial shade. Although adaptable to a range of soils, woodland species prefer evenly moist, nutrient-rich soil with good drainage, while alpine species perform best in gritty, nutritious but sharply-drained conditions. Columbine readily self-sow, which is considered an advantage by some gardeners, however, plants should be deadheaded promptly if new plants are not desired. An ideal choice for woodland plantings, mixed beds and rock gardens, their bright blossoms also make excellent cut flowers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 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

  • 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

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Blue, Pink

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes