How to Grow Aquilegia Vulgaris Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Common Columbine

Common columbine

Ancolie commune (Aquilegia vulgaris) photograph by pascal.

Aquilegia vulgaris Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Aquilegia vulgaris
  • Common Name: Common columbine
  • Growing Zone: USA: 3 to 9
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Herbaceous, Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 24 to 30
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 1 to 12
  • Time of Bloom: Late spring
  • Flower Details: Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, White
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Upright / erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Average pace
  • Suitable Soil Types: Alkaline, Loamy, Sandy, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: Seeds sown in spring, late summer or early autumn
  • How to Prune: Cut back after flowering
  • Pests: May be attacked byaphids
  • Diseases: Susceptible to powdery mildews and aquilegia downy mildew

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Rabbit, Deer
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Rock garden, Woodland garden
  • Family:
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: Entices birdlife to the garden, Non-native to North America, Naturalizing, Some parts are poisonous, Suitable for cut flowers
  • Genus Detail: Aquilegia
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

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