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.
Initially described in 1856 and named for its long prominently pointed sepals, this comely Columbine cavorts the open forests, rocky slopes and exposed meadows of Europe and northern Asia. Attractive rounded green leaflets plus slender nimble stems give way to nodding blooms that feature maroon sepals, short-hooked spurs and creamy-yellow inner petals. Coveted by butterflies, hummingbirds and cut flower enthusiasts, Aquilegia oxysepala snubs bunnies and deer, while enjoying sunny, dry to moderately moist nooks with good drainage.
Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/2' high x 12" – 15" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Aquilegia atrata
- Aquilegia buergeriana ‘Calimero’
- Aquilegia canadensis ‘Corbett’
- 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 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’