Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

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Aquilegia canadensis, 1/2-pint plug

Exposure: Sun-partial-shade
Soil: Dry-medium
Height: 2-3 feet
Bloom: May-June

Notable features: Provides nectar in the spring for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The colorful flowers are red flowing into yellow. Besides being an early bloomer, Columbine will tolerate a large range of soil and sun types, so you'll have success with it in full sun as well as shade. It can grow in pine tree areas and is deer-resistant. The seeds are shiny black and smooth - like tiny black pearls. They can bounce on hard soil surfaces, aiding in their distribution. Seed collection is easy for this plant, and it will seed around your gardens or woods, rarely staying put.

Attracts: Bumblebees and the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird visit the flowers for nectar; bumblebees may also collect pollen for their larvae. The larvae of various insects feed on Wild Columbine, including those of Erynnis lucilius (Columbine Duskywing), Papaipema leucostigma (Borer Moth sp.), Pristophora aquiligae (Columbine Sawfly), and several Phytomyza spp. (Leaf Miner Flies).