Aquilegia canadensis, Columbine, flower
Aquilegia canadensis, Columbine, landscape

Aquilegia canadensis, Columbine

A cherished Missouri native perennial, Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis, delights with charming, dangling blossoms of red and yellow. Columbine works wonderfully in small gardens, woodland gardens, and naturalized areas. Columbine’s distinctive lobed leaves look fantastic all season, creating a lacy, soft landscape. With blossoms appearing in late spring into early summer, it’s an early nectar source for hummingbirds and butterflies.

Columbine live for 2-3 years or so, but reseed nicely given a good home. Occasionally leaf miners or sawfly may burrow into the leaves. Trim off and discard affected leaves and new foliage will soon emerge. Deer and rabbit resistant.

Additional Information

Botanical Name

Aquilegia canadensis

Common Name

Columbine

Bloom Color

Red, Yellow

Bloom Time

Late Spring, Early Summer

Foliage Color

Green

Light Requirements

Part Shade, Shade

Height

24-36″

Width

12-16″

Uses

Beds, Butterflies, Containers, Cut Flower, Hummingbirds, Mass Plantings, Woodland Gardens

Resistance

Deer, Rabbit

Soil

Acidic, Rich, Sandy, Well Drained

Water Needs

Average, Consistent

Zone

3-8

Plant Type

Perennial