Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Aquilegia canadensis, wild columbine



Columbines continued...

The wild or red columbine. Native to eastern North America. Hummingbirds are purported to love the nectar rich flowers but we typically see one hummer per year so I can't confirm that statment. Tolerates full sun and the flowers are plentiful but set widely apart not in clusters so it seems there are fewer flowers than other 'bines. It grows fairly tall about 2 feet or more and the flowers are dainty and down facing. A great addition where airyness and color are needed.

3 Comments:

Anonymous tgentry said...

These are beautiful, are they growing right now? It seems awfully late in the year. I thought most columbines bloomed only through early summer? I work at park seed/wayside gardens, and we are just now starting to get orders for spring plants that won't ship out for a couple months.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

tgentry,

These were blooming earlier in the year. I agree they are beautiful. The flowers are not in a tight bunch like other columbines so they appear to have fewer flowers but I'm liking them more and more for the dainty flowers on long stalks. I've ordered many plants from park/wayside. Is it possible to request unusual plants? Thanks for the comment.

4:42 AM  
Blogger TGentry said...

No, unfortunately, just what's in the catalogs. I believe they do have some really rare seeds locked up somewhere, but only for research purposes.

6:43 AM  

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