Aquilegia, Columbine

Bloom Season:   Spring, summer

Plant Habit: Upright

Characteristics: Easy care

Water: Medium, light

Height: 1-2',  depending on variety

Exposure: Sun

Available varieties:

Origami Mix: 14- 16" tall. Mixed colours, usually in two tone on each bloom.

Winky: 12-14" tall.  Blue and white flowers.

General Information:

Aquilegia, commonly known as columbine, is a genus of perennial flowering plants that belong to the Ranunculaceae family. These delicate and elegant flowers are native to meadows, woodlands, and rocky areas in North America, Europe, and Asia.


Aquilegia thrives in partial shade to full sun, depending on the variety. Choose a location in your garden that receives at least 4-6 hours of sunlight per day. The soil should be well-draining and rich in organic matter. If your soil is heavy or clay-like, consider adding compost or peat moss to improve drainage.

Start by preparing the soil by removing any weeds or debris. Dig a hole that is slightly larger than the root ball of the aquilegia plant. Place the plant in the hole, making sure that the crown (where the stems meet the roots) is level with the soil surface. Backfill the hole with soil and gently firm it around the plant.

Aquilegia plants prefer moist soil but are susceptible to root rot if overwatered. Water the plants deeply once a week, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Avoid overhead watering, as this can lead to fungal diseases. Instead, water at the base of the plants.

Apply a balanced slow-release fertilizer in early spring, following the package instructions. Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can result in excessive foliage growth at the expense of flowers.

Deadhead the spent flowers regularly to encourage continuous blooming. Cut the flower stems back to the base of the plant once all the flowers have faded. This will also prevent self-seeding, as aquilegia can be prolific seed producers.

Aquilegia plants are generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, they can occasionally be affected by aphids, slugs, or powdery mildew. Monitor your plants regularly and take appropriate action if any issues arise.




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