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AQUILEGIA 'Remembrance'

Image of Aquilegia 'Remembrance'

Debbie Schilling

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

AQUILEGIA 'Remembrance'

Plant Common Name

Columbine, Remembrance Columbine

General Description

Aquilegia ‘Remembrance’ was named to honor the victims of the Columbine High School shootings, and is synonymous with the cultivar ‘Colorado Violet and White’. Its striking, bicolored flowers feature rich, dark, purple-blue sepals contrasted with white inner petals, and garnished with bright, yellow-green stamens. Fine, branching stems support the exquisite, long-spurred blooms, which rise elegantly atop mounds of lacy, blue-green foliage in mid- to late spring.

Performing best in dappled sun to partial shade, Aquilegia ‘Remembrance’ appreciates evenly moist, nutrient-rich soil and good drainage. It will readily cross-pollinate with other columbine and self-sow if allowed to go to seed, which is considered an advantage by some gardeners. However, spent flowers should be removed promptly if new plants are not desired. An ideal choice for woodland plantings and mixed borders, its colorful blooms also make excellent cut flowers.

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • 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, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Lemon Yellow

  • 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

    Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes