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Aquilegia bertolonii

Aquilegia bertolonii
Bertoloni's columbine
Aquilegia bertolonii

Synonym(s) Aquilegia reuteri
Common name Bertoloni's columbine
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z2-9)
Flowers blue (May)
Size 12"
Light sun-part shade
From seed Germinated for me at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate June

A pretty little dwarf columbine, often used in rock gardens. I like the "blue bomb" buds, as well as the blue-and-white bicolor flowers. The leaves are fairly typical for columbines; sometimes purple-tinged in spring, their secondary lobes are gently and irregularly divided. They are among the earliest-blooming columbines in our garden, but haven't been long-lived - so I start new ones from seed regularly.

Bertoloni's columbine
Aquilegia bertolonii
Bertoloni's columbine
Just days after the flowers have faded, the typical seedpods appear. It will be a few weeks before these ripen to brown and spill their bounty of seeds.
Aquilegia bertolonii
Rose-tinged buds

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '04/'05 HPS/MAG exchange. Baggy 70F (60%G, 13-48d)
  2. Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 70F (77%G, 11-21d)
  3. Seed from HPS/MAG '07/'08 exchange. Baggy 70F (27d; 14%G, 18-24d) - 35F (6w) - 70F (5%G, 14d)
  4. Seed from HPS/MAG '07/'08 exchange. Baggy 70F (3w) - 35F (7w) - 70F (2%G, 17d). Rest of seed to pot outside 5/3/09
  5. Seed from '10 garden, cold-stored through summer. Baggy 70F (3w; 22%G, 13d) - 35F (6w) - 70F (55%G, 3-5w)
  6. Same seed as above, cold-stored. Baggy 70F (32%G, 10-30d)
  7. Seed from '13 garden. Baggy 70F (20%G, 12-32d)
  8. Seed from '14 garden, cold-stored. Baggy 70F (17%G, 12-33d)

Easy, as columbines go, as long as seed is fresh.

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