at Digging Dog
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
Hailing from central Asia, this splendid species beckons us with large, dazzling deep blue flowers described by short spurs and clear white corollas. The nodding, hummingbird and butterfly friendly blooms reside on graceful 14 in. stems above a cold-hardy blue-green mound of glaucous rabbit- resistant leaves. Happiest in fertile soil and coastal sun, or bright shade elsewhere, A. sibirica can be tucked into troughs, rock work or alpine gardens.
Size: 14" high x 10"–12" wide; hardy to zone 3.
Aquilegia sibirica (P-1973)
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