Genetic purity cannot be guaranteed with a species that has been bred and cultivated for centuries. The above Aquilegia flabellata is an alpine species found in Japan and the Kurile Islands. (Flabellata means fan-shaped)
Columbine Growing Tips
- A porous soil is better than hard clay but Columbines grow in most soils preferring alkalinity.
- Columbines like partially shady spots, and may be happy planted under leafy trees.
- With long tap roots, they establish themselves where they are planted, so they may be difficult to move after a couple years.
- Plants are hardy and do not require extra fertilizer.
- Columbines are relatively pest and disease free but aphid attacks may need treatment
- Columbines range from 4″ to 4′ high
- Columbines last 4 years and more depending on variety. You can extend life expectancy by cutting down flowered stalks prior to seeding.
- Grow these beauties from seed – a variety pack of columbine seeds will no doubt delight you with the end product. If you are in a hurry you can buy pot grown plants but division of plants is seldom successful.
- Columbines cross-pollinate readily and willingly so it can be fun growing from your self- collected seed.
- 65 species are discussed in Robert Nolds book ‘Columbines’
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