Aquilegia vulgaris 'Grandmother's Garden'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Columbine|
Common Name (Alternative): Granny's Bonnet
This selection is a durable performer that has been cultivated for centuries. It can often be found growing in old cottage gardens. The frilly, nodding flowers have short, hooked spurs that are very different from the hybrids which have long, pointed spurs. 'Grandmother's Garden' is a lovely vintage variety with a mix of pale rose, violet, and wine-red flowers.
Aquilegia is especially lovely when allowed to naturalize in shady, woodland borders. They also have excellent potential as cut flowers, lasting up to 2 weeks in a vase.
Origin: Not Native to North America
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Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
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Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
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Columbine is easy to grow in loose, average to rich, well-drained soil. Heavy or soggy soils will hasten their demise. They can be grown in full sun or partial shade, though light shade will prolong the flowering time.
In the fall, cut plants back to their basal foliage. In the spring, remove only the dead leaves. Columbine is sometimes affected by leaf miners. If this happens, cut the foliage all the way back to the ground and discard it. Healthy, new growth will emerge quickly. Propagate by sowing named seed rather than by division; mature plants do not like to be disturbed.
Both the flowers and the leaves of Columbine are reminiscent of doves (columba is Latin for "dove"). Columbines often represent the dove of peace in religious artwork.