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Wild Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis

Wild Columbine is a value plant in wildlife and native plant gardens. It’s unique red/yellow flowers bloom in late spring and really stand out in the garden. Wild Columbine is very easy to grow.

Habitat: Woodlands, woodland edges, open meadows.

Blooms: Striking red/yellow flowers in late spring - early summer.

Height: 1-2 ft

Light: Shade - full sun. Adaptable.

Moisture: Likes moisture but must be well drained. High drought tolerance.

Soil: Sandy or loamy soils.

Companions: Wild Columbine pairs well with Wild Geraniums, Sedges(to hide leaves as they die back), Wild Ginger, Blue Phlox and other woodland plants.

Propagation: Readily self-seeds. Sow Columbine seeds in fall or after ripening. Dividing is not recommended.

Wildlife Value: The flowers are especially attractive to native bees and hummingbirds. Wild Columbine is a host plant for the Columbine Duskywing (Erynnis lucilius). The seeds are consumed by birds.