Aquilegia canadensis

Growing Information

Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight: Part shade to full shade
Soils: Well-drained and average moisture
Bloom Time: Spring blossoms – April, May, June; flower is bell-shaped red spurs with a yellow center
Size: 1-2 feet in height, 1 foot spread

May go dormant in mid-summer. Although a perennial, it readily self-seeds. Leave the seed heads or collect and spread the seeds where you want more Columbine in your garden.

Garden Companions

Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea), Wild Geranium (Geranium maculata), Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)

Nature Benefits

• The spurs contain nectar that attracts long-tongued bees and moths, and hummingbirds who are specially adapted to reach the nectar.
• Seeds are consumed by finches and buntings.
• Host to the caterpillar of the Columbine Duskywing (Erynnis lucilius)

Native Habitat

Occurs naturally in rich rocky woods, north-facing slopes, cliffs, ledges, pastures, and roadsides.

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