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Aquilegia canadensis ‘Pink Lanterns’
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Pink Eastern Columbine

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 canadensis ‘Pink Lanterns’ full sun  partial shade  new plant

Discovered by Kansas’ Dyck Arboretum of the Plains and introduced by Jelitto Seeds, this superb softly hued gem is shorter than its wild eastern cousin. The nodding, small spurred blooms dress up with pretty pink outer petals, encompassing a buttery yellow corolla. All this floral loveliness tops refined 3-lobed ferny foliage that can be nestled amid Asarum or Helleborus.

Blooms May–July

Size: 10"–12" high x 10"–12" wide; hardy to zone 3.

Aquilegia canadensis ‘Pink Lanterns’ (P-1916)
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