A pretty little dwarf columbine, often used in rock gardens. I like the "blue bomb" buds, as well as the blue-and-white bicolor flowers. The leaves are fairly typical for columbines; sometimes purple-tinged in spring, their secondary lobes are gently and irregularly divided. They are among the earliest-blooming columbines in our garden, but haven't been long-lived - so I start new ones from seed regularly.
||Germinated for me at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
|Seed ripens||late June|
|Just days after the flowers have faded, the typical seedpods appear. It will be a few weeks before these ripen to brown and spill their bounty of seeds. |
|Rose-tinged buds |
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
One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog
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|Michael Hagen, Staff Horticulturist||Jul 13, 2011||The picture you have for Aquilegia bertolinii appears to be Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila - if this is the plant you are growing rather than a mislabelled stock photograph you might want to change your labels!|
Thanks for the comment. Can you explain the differentiating characteristics of the two species?
|Stephanie Digby||Jun 12, 2015||I have a question about A. bertolinii. I have a plant, looks like your photograph, was labelled. A. bertolinii, but at other sites it is shown as a darker concolor flower. Do you have any information? Thanks.. |
Columbines are quite promiscuous, easily hybridizing between species. So my seed-grown plants may well have picked up a few genes from a neighbor at some point, and no longer represent the true species. On the other hand, some species are variable in appearance, so I can't say for sure if my photos show A. bertolonii or a related species.
- Seed from '04/'05 HPS/MAG exchange. Baggy 70F (60%G, 13-48d)
- Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 70F (77%G, 11-21d)
- Seed from HPS/MAG '07/'08 exchange. Baggy 70F (27d; 14%G, 18-24d) - 35F (6w) - 70F (5%G, 14d)
- Seed from HPS/MAG '07/'08 exchange. Baggy 70F (3w) - 35F (7w) - 70F (2%G, 17d). Rest of seed to pot outside 5/3/09
- Seed from '10 garden, cold-stored through summer. Baggy 70F (3w; 22%G, 13d) - 35F (6w) - 70F (55%G, 3-5w)
- Same seed as above, cold-stored. Baggy 70F (32%G, 10-30d)
- Seed from '13 garden. Baggy 70F (20%G, 12-32d)
- Seed from '14 garden, cold-stored. Baggy 70F (17%G, 12-33d)
Easy, as columbines go, as long as seed is fresh.
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