Wild Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis

Also called Canada Columbine

  • 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

ZONE:
3

COLOUR:
Red

HEIGHT:
40-50 cm

SPREAD:
30-40 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:


Aquilegia is an easy to grow perennial, growing best in an average to moist, well-drained soil, in 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.

Additional Notes about Wild Columbine:


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.