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Aquilegia 'Cap de Rositier'

Aquilegia 'Cap de Rositier'
Common name columbine
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers pink (May)
Size 12-18"
Light sun-part shade
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

I'm not sure if this is a named cultivar of common columbine or a hybrid. It came to us as seed from the HPS/MAG seed exchange, collected from the Phildelphia-area garden of Charles Cresson. He traces its origins back to "Malcolm Whipple's Long Island garden" in the early 1980s. I've not been able to find other references to this variety online.
Whatever its heritage, this is a pretty little columbine. Like Nora Barlow types, this one has double flowers - but in the finer details, this is a more refined plant. Even though I list the color as "pink", that's just the overall impression from a distance. in reality, the flowers are cream-colored, with rose streaking along part of each petal. The flowers overall are very regularly shaped, almost like little dangling balls. Requires up-close inspection for the full effect. So far, it has reliably come true from seed I collected from our garden's plants – even though we grow plenty of other columbines.

Aquilegia 'Cap de Rositier'

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 HPS/MAG '05/06 exchange. Pot outside 2/15/05; seedings in May of '06
  2. Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 35F (3w) - 70F (12d) - 70F with light (5w; no G)
  3. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 65F (73%G, 13-20d)
  4. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 70F (40%G, 9-18d)
  5. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 70F (24%G, 11-28d)
  6. Seed from '12 garden. Baggy 70F (no G, 30d)

Easy, but loses viability slowly over a number of years.

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