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Aquilegia vulgaris ‘William Guiness’
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Aquilegia vulgaris William Guiness

Aquilegia

Columbine

This genus deserves its lofty names, which mean “eagle” and “dove,” because its intricate flowers have been said to resemble birds in flight. Beyond the symbolism of the flowers, the finely textured, widely varied species possess a gracefulness that is likely to carry you to heights of enjoyment. Whether delicate dwarfs or bold, long-spurred varieties, Columbines are characterized by fernlike three-lobed leaves. They are best suited for naturalizing in a semishaded woodland, but the smaller species will thrive in a rock garden with some shade.

Aquilegia vulgaris ‘William Guiness’ full sun  partial shade

Highly ornamental, this sturdy perennial’s dark purple blossoms skirt white-white corollas. The dramatic contrast injects an element of surprise in the garden. Deeply incurved spurs stand sentinel over each nodding bloom, which rises 2 ft. on strong and lean stems from a leafy bluish green mound. Set this dark knight near the gilt foliage of Campanula ‘Dickson’s Gold’ for a captivating union.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 2' high x 15" wide. Zone 3/4.

Aquilegia vulgaris ‘William Guiness’ (P-1098)
Each $7.25
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