Aquilegia alpina

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Alpine Columbine

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Blue, sometimes white, nodding unique flowers.

Height

12-18 Inches

Spread

15 Inches

Color

Blue/Purple

Interesting Notes

Columbine means 'dove-like'. The flower often represented the dove of peace in medieval paintings.

Bloom Time

May-June

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow best with morning sun and afternoon shade. Great for rock gardens, woodland gardens or as a border plant. May go dormant in summer. Cultivate soil at base in late fall.

When to Divide

early spring

Good Companions

Goat's Beard (Aruncus dioicus), Heartleaf Bergenia, Pigsqueak (Bergenia cordifolia), Snowdrop Anemone (Anemone sylvestris), Plantain Lily (Hosta ), Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale), Coral Bells (Heuchera Precious Gems ), Mini Hosta (Hosta )

Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Exposure
Partial Shade
Foliage Color
Green
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Soil Moisture Preference
Organic
Moist but well-drained
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