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Aquilegia x hybrida 'Crimson Star'

Aquilegia x hybrida 'Crimson Star'
Common name columbine
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers red/white
Size 2-3 ft
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Bicolor, good cutflower. This came to me as seed for A. caerulea, but online sources list it as a hybrid - it looks like any other bicolor A. vulgaris to me. Some sources list it as yellow/red flowers, others as white/red. Ours tend toward the latter coloration. The best feature of this variety is its long period of bloom - flowers keep coming for a month or more.


This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '01 trade. Baggy 35F (7w)-70F with light (75%G, 2-7d)
  2. Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 35F (8w)-70F (5w; no G); pot sown 2/15/05 yields seedlings in spring of '06 (16 by early May).
  3. Seed from '05 garden. Baggy 35F (7w; 5%G, 7w)-65F with light (55%G, 2-14d)
  4. Seed for 'Crimson Star' from '05 garden. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (70%G, 3-5d)

Not sure why '05 trial unsuccessful - lack of light exposure, or non-viable seed?
Seedlings slow to develop - start early

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