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AQUILEGIA (SPRING MAGIC SERIES)

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James H. Schutte

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

AQUILEGIA( SPRING MAGIC SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Columbine

Special Notice

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

General Description

This series of exceptional medium sized perennials offer delicate richly colored long-spur flowers best suited to sheltered beds and borders. The ancestry of this series is quite murky with combinations of both American and European species with named hybrids to create these upstanding performers. The foliage bears three part lobed leaves of lush green that resemble that of maidenhair fern in shape and texture. They are more densely held at the base of the plant, feathering out as they rise to flower. While plants are attractive during the bloom season, the leaves can suffer from dryness and die back in the late season.

The flowers of this series feature bold hues red and pink accented with white. Each are produced in bunches on fine branching wands that rise above the foliage. The blossom bears long hooked spurs. Dead-heading may extend its late spring to early summer season. Grow this columbine in full sun to partial shade and fertile well-drained soil that’s evenly moist. In more direct sun or hot climates, increase soil moisture accordingly to avoid crisping the leaf edges. Though perennial, this like many other columbines can be a short-lived plant that compensates by self-sowing, although seedlings are likely to vary considerably from the parent. These deer resistant perennials are terrific for cottage or open woodland gardens and mixed flower borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, North America, Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • 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, Hot Pink

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    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

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes