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Common Perennials

Columbine
Aquilegia x hybrida

Aquilegia 'Spring Magic'
Aquilegia 'Spring Magic'

Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
 
Mature Height
12 Inches - 3 Feet
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
3 - 9 
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Foliage Color
Green
 
Bloom Color
Bi-color
Blue
Peach
Pink
Purple
Red
White
 
Bloom Season
May - June
 
Size
Medium
 

Features

Airy, graceful fan like blue-green foliage and large, spurred flowers in a wide range of colors

Culture

Sun to partial shade in moist well-drained soils

Cultivars

Numerous. Some include:

'Biedermeier' 9-12 inches compact, blue-white flowers

'Crimson Star' 2-3 feet crimson-white flowers

'Double White' 2-3 feet white double flowers

'Spring Song' 3 feet light pink flowers with very long spurs

'Mini Star' 6-12 inches blue-white flowers

Notes

Plants tend to deteriorate over time especially if drainage is poor. Count on 3 years for most plantings. So need to replace periodically.

They tend to reseed freely, but hybrids will not come true from seed.

Attractive to hummingbirds

Many species of columbine are available that tend to be more vigorous and are less favored by leaf miner.