Spring Spotlight: Columbine

Columbine – Unique Flowers That Attract Pollinators!

Columbine is a perennial flowering plant enjoyed by gardeners and pollinators alike. The distinctive, uniquely shaped blooms feature petals and spurs and pollinators are drawn like a magnet to the nectar-rich flowers.

Though most columbine varieties such as our Blue Columbine have nodding (facing downward) flowers, there are some varieties bearing more upright blooms. Our Golden Columbine, new this spring, is an upright variety.

Columbine is a versatile choice for the landscape and looks very much at home in a whimsical cottage garden as well as a natural looking woodland garden.

Though columbine will grow in full sun, it’s best to choose a location that receives some afternoon shade, particularly in hotter climates. Soil should be well-drained, and a slightly acidic to neutral pH of 6.0-7.0 is preferable.

image of blue columbine (aquilegia)  image of golden columbine (aquilegia chrysantha)

Pictured above: Blue Columbine (left) and Golden Columbine

Columbine Details

  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9 for Blue Columbine; 3-8 for Golden Columbine
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer for Blue Columbine, and to late summer for Golden Columbine
  • Mature Plant Size: 24″-28″ tall for Blue Columbine; 36″-48″ tall for Golden Columbine
  • Light Requirements: Part sun to shade
  • Planting: 2″ deep, 12″-24″ apart for Blue Columbine and 18″-24″ apart for Golden Columbine
  • Soil Type: Moist but well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral pH

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