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Aquilegia kareliniana

Aquilegia kareliniana
Afghan columbine
Aquilegia kareliniana

Synonym(s) Aquilegia karelinii
Common name Afghan columbine
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-10)
Flowers violet
Size 24"
Light sun-part shade
Seed ripensmid-June

Species from Tajikistan with sprays of deep violet flowers above tidy foliage. For most intents and purposes, it's a "standard mid-size columbine", whose leaf and flower shapes are similar to those of common columbine. A nice one, certainly.

Afghan columbine
Fruiting bodies typical of columbines, pretty large compared to the flower size. In a few weeks, they'll turn tan/brown and be filled with rattling black seeds.

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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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '08/'09 exchange, cold-stored through summer. Baggy 70F (24d; 12%G, 14-20d) - 35F (6w; 6%G, 15d) - 70F (53%G, 4-9d). Sproutlings from first warm stage never developed; it may be best to go straight to the cold stage.
  2. Seed from '12 garden. Baggy 35F (6w) - 70F (34%G, 6-16d)

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