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Aquilegia canadensis

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Eastern Columbine
Graceful red and yellow bellflowers
Mature Size:
' Height /
' Spread
Expected Size:
12" - 36"
12" - 36"
Light Preference:
Part Sun to Shade
Soil Preference:
Moist to Dry
$8.50/1 qt.

Aquilegia canadensis (Canadian or Canada Columbine, Eastern Red Columbine, or Wild Columbine) is an herbaceous perennial native to woodland and rocky slopes in eastern North America,

Aquilegia canadensis is a native spring wildflower which occurs in rocky woods, slopes, ledges and open areas throughout the east. The drooping, bell-like, 1-2", red and yellow flowers (red sepals, yellow-limbed petals, 5 distinctive red spurs and a mass of bushy yellow stamens) and delicate, biternate foliage are delightful to behold. Foliage is somewhat suggestive of meadow rue (Thalictrum) and remains attractive throughout the summer as long as soils are kept moist. The lowers are attractive to hummingbirds.

It is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade in a wide range of soils as long as drainage is good. The species prefers rich, moist soils in light to moderate shade. It self-seeds and will naturalize to form large colonies in optimum growing conditions. Remove flowering stems after bloom to encourage additional bloom. Keep soils uniformly moist after bloom to prolong attractive foliage appearance. When foliage declines, plants may be cut to the ground.

The genus name comes from the Latin word for eagle in reference to the flower’s five spurs which purportedly resemble an eagle’s talon.

This species has some resistance to leaf miner which often causes severe damage to the foliage of many other columbine species and hybrids.

Borders, cottage gardens, open shade gardens, woodland gardens or naturalized areas. Also a good selection for a hummingbird garden.

We currently carry the cultivar 'Little Lanterns'.

Information adapted from: Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Botanical Garden
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Prices listed are subject to change, based upon size change and availability.

We are a small local nursery with limited shipping capability. We will do our best to ship smaller material (usually 1 or 2 gallon), although we can sometimes ship larger plants with the pots removed.

We have some species that are not listed, as we have too few of them to make a full listing plausible. You can always inquire.

We will consider contract growing an order with appropriate advance notice and availability of seed, cuttings or lining out stock.

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