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AQUILEGIA vulgaris 'Woodside Gold'

Image of Aquilegia vulgaris 'Woodside Gold' (Vervaeneana Group)

James H. Schutte

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

AQUILEGIA vulgaris 'Woodside Gold'( Vervaeneana Group)

Plant Common Name

Common Columbine, Woodside Gold Columbine

General Description

Named for its unusual, bright yellow leaves rather than for the color of its flowers, Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Woodside Gold’ adds a spot of sunshine to shady gardens. Emerging brilliant chartreuse in spring, its lacy mounds of foliage fade to a softer yellow in the warm, summer months. Dainty, pink or blue, lantern-like blooms appear in spring, and are held high above the vivid foliage on tall, branched, wiry stems.

‘Woodside Gold’ is a form of the beloved European native columbine commonly referred to as "granny’s bonnet". Performing best in dappled sun to partial shade, it prefers evenly moist, nutrient-rich soil with 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, faded flowers should be removed promptly if new plants are not desired. An ideal choice for woodland plantings and mixed borders, its 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

  • 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

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    24"-36" / 61.0cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    12"-15" / 30.5cm - 38.1cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Europe

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

    Blue, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes