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AQUILEGIA vulgaris 'Irish Elegance'

Image of Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Irish Elegance'

Jessie Keith

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

AQUILEGIA vulgaris var. stellata 'Irish Elegance'

Plant Common Name

Spurless Common Columbine

Special Notice

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General Description

Spurless common columbine, is a pretty old-fashioned perennial and cottage garden mainstay. In mid-spring plants develop mounds of sea-green three-lobed leaves and by late spring to early summer they bear tall stems of delicate spurless flowers that may be in shades of violet, blue, white or pink. Pretty golden stamens dangle from the center of each flower.

A European native, this columbine has many beautiful selections to include the popular dark purple to black 'Black Barlow'. These plants do best in sites with partial sun and fertile, well drained soil and are highly attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • 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

  • Height

    12"-36" / 30.5cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    18"-18" / 45.7cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Europe

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, Purple, Pink, Rose, Blue Violet, Black

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Sea Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Sea Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Sea 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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes