|I grew this from seed for "Mt. Horo-horo form" |
Fan columbine is named for the rounded, curved shape of the leaves (which are otherwise similar to those of other columbines). Our original plants came to us several years ago, as seed from the 'Ministar' cultivar. Some of the originals are still with us (but dwindling in number); they are no more than 6" tall, with nodding small blue/white flowers. Just this year, a number of columbines started blooming in our garden with flowers shaped and colored the same as the 'Ministar's, but larger in both flower size, leaf size, and stature. They also bloom a little later (early May, instead of late April). Since our garden is full of columbines of many kinds, these (like the one pictured here) are most likely hybrids, but since they most closely resemble A. flabellata, that's where I'll file them. Whatever they are, we love them!
||ordinary garden soil
||self-seeds in our garden, but not very easy to germinate indoors
detailed seed-starting info below
||A self-seeded 'Ministar' (which is most likely similar to 'Nana' )
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
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|Tina in Colorado||Jun 10, 2005||I am enjoying your pictures immensely. Not only do you focus on the flowers but the entire plant. I go through the internet trying to find pics of the entire plant but often fail to do so. As for Columbines, I've had great success growing from seed by wintersowing them, but I haven't tried this particular one. I'd say 90% or better germination. Your website is very informative and now I want to try to grow even MORE plants.
- 'Ministar' seed from JLH '00 order. Sixpack with bottom heat, germination starting 17d, total 33%
- 'Ministar' seed from '03 garden. Baggy 70F (50d)-70F with light (10d, no G).
Also sowed to pot set outside (on surface of PgX mix, with grit cover), mid-March; germination started mid-May, total 70%G by late May.
- Seed for 'Mt Horohoro form' from NARGS '12/'13 exchange, cold-stored. Baggy 70F (2w) - 35F (8w) - 70F (67%G, 8-20d)
Ma nature does a better job providing germination conditions than I can...
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