How to Grow and Care for Columbine Flowers
Perennial, Aquilegia hybrida
Columbine is an easy to grow perennial. Columbine is native to Asia, Europe
and North America. If you are a hummingbird lover, Columbine is for you.
It is a favorite of hummingbirds and bees, because the flowers contain lots
Columbines produce large, showy blooms of single and bicolor patterns on
airy plants with blue-green foliage from late spring to early summer. Colors
include shades of yellow, white, pink, blue, purple and combinations.
Did you Know? Columbine is the state flower of Colorado. They are
also called the "Rocky Mountain Columbine".
Plant Height: 18" - 30"
Popular Varieties: McKana's Giant, Tequila Sunrise
Columbine are grown from seed. They can be directly seeded into your flower
Sow Columbine seeds in the spring, and cover with 1/8" soil. Space seeds
or seedlings 16-18" apart.
If you have established plants, Columbine can also be separated by division
in the spring.
Days to Germination: 8 - 15
How to Grow Columbine Flower Plants:
Columbine are very easy to grow. They grow well in partial shade and well
drained soil. They will do well in average soils and tolerate dry soil
conditions. Add a general purpose fertilizer once or twice a season.
Columbine plants grow 15-20" tall. They are good in flower beds, containers,
as edging, and in rock gardens.
Once your Columbine plants are established, they will grow well and bloom
until frost. Being very hardy, they will likely survive the first light frosts
before going dormant for the winter. They do not require mulching or protection
in the winter.
Garden Tip: Deadhead blooms to
promote new flowers.
Flowers Bloom: Spring/Summer
Insect and Disease:
Columbine are resistant to insects and disease. If insect or disease problems
occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.
to Grow Columbine Plants