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Aquilegia canadensis

Aquilegia canadensis

Common name wild red columbine
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-8)
Flowers red with yellow (April-May)
Size 2-3'
Light part shade
Cultural notes prefers moist soil
From seed germinate at cold conditions
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate June

In our second attempt to grow this plant (our first attempt ignored the plant's water requirements), we've succeeded in coaxing it to display some of its marvellous bicolor red-and-yellow blooms. Who needs hybrid columbines when the species are this pretty?

wild red columbine
Basal foliage looks pretty much like that of any other columbine, to my untrained eyes
Aquilegia canadensis
Along the flower stalk, single simple leaves are perhaps not quite as universally similar among the aquilegias

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

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 35F (10w; 5%G, 10th w) - 70F (5w; 10%G, 2-8d) - 70F with light (2w; no further G)
  2. Seed from '09 trade. Baggy 35F (15w; 60%G, 9-15w) - 70F (33%G, 3-6d)
  3. Seed from HPS/MAG '11/'12 exchange. Baggy 35F (12w; 13%G, 10-12w) - 70F (22%G, 10-22d)
  4. Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (12w) - 70F (5%G, 25-45d)
  5. Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (12w) - 70F (25%G, 10-20d)

Keeping seeds at cold conditions for at least three months, even after germination starts is the way to go. Limited seed viability.

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