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
||red with yellow (April-May)
||prefers moist soil
||germinate at cold conditions
detailed seed-starting info below
|Seed ripens||late June|
|Basal foliage looks pretty much like that of any other columbine, to my untrained eyes |
|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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|Irena Montuori, Ontario, Canada||Sep 14, 2009||A number of years ago while vacationing at Sauble beach, on lake Huron I found couple of stems dried up, but one had a seed capsule.. and that's how the story begun. Number of years later Aquilegia Canadensis is all over my garden. I love this little early spring bloomer (love the colours) and enjoy the hummingbirds visiting it. |
I wish it self-seeded in our garden. It has once again expired for us, but I'll re-establish it at some point.
|Jayne Teal||Feb 24, 2012||I purchased a small native plant from the RBG in 2010. It did not flower last year but I'm hoping it will survive this winter and will be thrilled if it flowers for me this year. I love your informative pages, thank you.|
- Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 35F (10w; 5%G, 10th w) - 70F (5w; 10%G, 2-8d) - 70F with light (2w; no further G)
- Seed from '09 trade. Baggy 35F (15w; 60%G, 9-15w) - 70F (33%G, 3-6d)
- Seed from HPS/MAG '11/'12 exchange. Baggy 35F (12w; 13%G, 10-12w) - 70F (22%G, 10-22d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (12w) - 70F (5%G, 25-45d)
- 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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