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 trim dwarfs or fancy long-spurred varieties, Columbines are characterized by fern-like 3-lobed leaves. They are best suited for naturalizing in a woodland with dappled light, however the smaller species will thrive in a partially shaded garden bed.
Discovered by Lawrence Clemens near Corbett, Maryland and first introduced by Bluemont Nursery, this delightful chance seedling of the native eastern species parades nodding lantern-shaped creamy-yellow flowers with notable stamens and long spurs aloft short slim stems. Dainty 3-lobed green leaves craft a slightly more compact habit, which is reputed to be longer lived than many other Columbines. A popular destination for bumblebees and Ruby-throated hummingbirds, ‘Corbett’s floriferous pastel-hued display can brighten cottage gardens, sun-dappled rockeries, steps and pots, while tucked among spring bulbs or alongside Pulmonaria ‘Bertram Anderson’ and Epimedium ‘Dark Beauty’.
Size: 12" – 18" high x 15" wide.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Aquilegia atrata
- Aquilegia buergeriana ‘Calimero’
- Aquilegia canadensis ‘Pink Lanterns’
- Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Denver Gold’
- Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Yellow Queen’
- Aquilegia flabellata ‘Blue Angel’
- Aquilegia ‘Heavenly Blue’
- Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Heidi’
- Aquilegia ‘Kristall’
- Aquilegia olympica
- Aquilegia oxysepala
- Aquilegia rockii
- Aquilegia sibirica
- Aquilegia vulgaris plena ‘Ruby Port’
- Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Blue Barlow’
- Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Green Apples’
- Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Leprechaun Gold’
- Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Mellow Yellow’
- Aquilegia vulgaris ‘William Guiness’
- Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Woodside Gold’