Red Columbine

Red Columbine

SKU: FL1214
This native of the west coast and Rocky Mountains can be spotted in moist woodlands from Alaska down to California. Its distinctive red flowers dance and wobble in the slightest breeze. Read More

Exposure Partial shade - full sun is tolerated where summers are cool

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More details about Red Columbine

Aquilegia formosa. This native of the west coast and Rocky Mountains can be spotted in moist woodlands from Alaska down to California. Its distinctive red flowers dance and wobble in the slightest breeze. Red Columbine is a hardy perennial in Zones 3 to 9, and it thrives in partial shade. It can be grown in full sun, but it would benefit from even more soil moisture. Its wonderful flowers appear mid-spring to early summer, with spurs at the back that are generous with nectar, luring hummingbirds, butterflies, and long tongued bees. The flowers are followed by decorative seed pods that dry and begin to shed their contents in late summer.

Perennial

Quick Facts:

    • Thrives in partial shade
    • Hardy to Zone 3
    • Perennial
    • Attracts pollinators

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All About Red Columbine

Latin

Latin
Aquilegia vulgaris
Family: Ranunculaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Exposure: Partial shade – full sun is tolerated where summers are cool
Zone: Hardy to Zone 3

Timing

Timing
Direct sow in autumn or mid-winter. Seeds can be started indoors, but it’s more complicated: Sow seeds in flats of moistened, sterilized seed starting mix, and place these inside plastic bags in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. Then sink the flats outdoors in the ground in a shady spot, and cover with glass. As seedlings appear, transplant them or pot them on. Germination takes 30-90 days.

Starting

Starting
Sow on the soil surface and transplant or thin seedlings to 30-50cm (12-20″) apart.

Growing

Growing
Seedlings are easy to move, but delicate. Keep them out of strong sunlight, and water frequently, but gently. Deadhead regularly to prolong the blooming period. Columbine’s flowers are followed by distinctive seed pods that open on their own when the seeds are ripe. These can be removed to prevent self sowing, or for very easy harvest of the seeds. We like to harvest Columbine seeds mid-summer and spread them in any shady spot that could use some colour. Grow Columbine in humus-rich, moist, but well-drained soil.

How to Grow Cleome

Step 1: Timing

Direct sow in autumn or mid-winter. Seeds can be started indoors, but it’s more complicated: Sow seeds in flats of moistened, sterilized seed starting mix, and place these inside plastic bags in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. Then sink the flats outdoors in the ground in a shady spot, and cover with glass. As seedlings appear, transplant them or pot them on. Germination takes 30-90 days.

Step 2: Starting

Sow on the soil surface and transplant or thin seedlings to 30-50cm (12-20″) apart.

Step 3: Growing

Seedlings are easy to move, but delicate. Keep them out of strong sunlight, and water frequently, but gently. Deadhead regularly to prolong the blooming period. Columbine’s flowers are followed by distinctive seed pods that open on their own when the seeds are ripe. These can be removed to prevent self sowing, or for very easy harvest of the seeds. We like to harvest Columbine seeds mid-summer and spread them in any shady spot that could use some colour. Grow Columbine in humus-rich, moist, but well-drained soil.

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