a.k.a. Granny's Bonnet
Aquilegia species and hybridsHow to plant Columbine seeds
Huge 2-3 in. upward-facing flowers on 14-24 in. tall plants. Longer bloom season than most columbines. Plants will bloom the first year when started early. Kirigami columbines work great in mass plantings, mixed borders, and containers. Winter hardy to zone 5.
Aquilegia vulgaris plena
Spring Magic Series
Aquilegia x hybrida
Spring Magic columbines are prolific producers of exceptionally colorful 2 in. flowers. Blooms appear in mid to late spring on compact, 14 in. tall plants. Winter hardy to zone 3.
How to Plant and Grow Columbine
Plant Columbine Seeds: Sow columbine seeds in cell packs or flats, press into soil, do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 65 to 70° F., seedlings emerge in 21 to 28 days. Can direct sow columbine seeds into prepared seed beds in groups of 3 to 4 seeds, spaced 10 to 18 in. apart. Thin to the strongest plant.
Grow Columbine: Full sun in mild climates, part to light shade where it is warm. Best performance in moist, well drained soil — will tolerate average water. For cut flowers, harvest blooms as they begin to open. Typical vase life is 5 to 7 days. Pinch or cut off spent flowers to extend bloom season. Flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant.