aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine) native*

Size: 1 litre

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  • showy, nodding, bell-shaped flowers of pinkish-red and yellow
  • attractive divided light green foliage
  • naturalizing plant for rocky ledges or slopes and along woodland edges or ditches
  • bloom time mid-june to early august
  • native to ontario
  • the name aquilegia is derived from the latin root word "aquil" which means eagle, referring to the eagle's talon-like spurs on the flowers
  • aboriginals crushed the shiny, black seeds into a powder and mixed it with hot water to treat fevers and headaches
  • zone 3
  • height 40-50cm
  • spread 30-40cm
  • colour red
  • aquilegia is an easy to grow perennial
  • growing best in an average to moist, well-drained soil
  • full sun to partial shade
  • extended periods of drought may cause aquilegia to go into dormancy
  • deadheading will help promote more blooms
  • they are somewhat susceptible to leaf miner and sawfly, which disfigure the foliage
  • as the plants usually wane in midsummer, it is safe to cut them down, to prevent self-seeding
  • full sun to partial sun/shade
  • attracts hummingbirds
  • attracts butterflies
  • native to ontario
  • (image courtesy of NVK nurseries, NVK holdings inc.)