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Aquilegia vulgaris Growing Guide

How to Grow Common columbine in your Garden

Common columbine

Ancolie commune (Aquilegia vulgaris) photograph by pascal.


Quick Aquilegia vulgaris Growing and Care Guide

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

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 24 to 30
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 1 to 12
  • Time of Bloom: Late spring
  • Color of Bloom: Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, White
  • Leaf Foliage Detail: Green
  • 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
  • Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • 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 Attact:
  • Tolerant of: Rabbit, Deer
  • Best used in: Border, Rock garden, Woodland garden
  • 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: Here and Here



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