Easy to maintain Aquilegia is a ready self-sower so be prepared to thin out some seedlings. Not all will be true to form. Prune foliage back in the early spring before new growth appears although some gardeners prefer to deadhead blossoms and prune foliage back in the fall to prevent self-seeding. Columbines thick tap-roots allow for medium to light watering once they are established. They also do well in poor to average, but well-drained soil. Partial shade is preferred, as you'd find in light woodland gardens, but full sun is tolerated with slightly more watering. The columbine has been a long-time favorite in cottage and heirloom gardens for generations. It is also used in cut flower borders because of the highly attractive blooms. Consider adding Aquilegia to rock gardens, shady border or in masses along walks or drives as well.
- Common Name: Columbine
- Zone: 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
- Bloom: Early Spring | Spring
- Growth: 18-24 Inches
- Exposure: Partial Sun | Partial Shade | Full Shade
- Water: Average