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Hillsborough, NC

June 12, 2012
6:54 PM

Post #9162844

Saw the swallowtail seed site -- looking for ornamental grass seed. Stopped to look at the flowers...saw the many columbines offered... I think this will be my new favorite flower. Easy to grow, deer and rabbit resistant, self seeding and all colors, heights and shapes. There is even a new black for 2012. Just beautiful!! What do you think about this flower? Any negatives?

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Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 13, 2012
11:03 AM

Post #9163650

For me, the "self seeding" part. They will come up everywhere. Not hard to pull up, but the sheer quantity can be daunting!! Still, I grow them in several areas because they are so pretty. I have native stands that are beautiful in early spring.

Hillsborough, NC

June 13, 2012
1:43 PM

Post #9163847

Do the seeds come true after the escape into other areas? I plan on ordering a bunch of different types and wonder how far apart I should plant so no mixing of seeds. I did read that the plants self seed readily - I have spots in mind where that won't be a big deal. I can't seem to grow dalhia or aster (various reasons) and these colors and shapes make me feel less bad about that.


Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 14, 2012
4:58 AM

Post #9164549

Mine that have self seeded have come true to form.


(Zone 8a)

October 4, 2012
2:04 AM

Post #9295409

Re: self seeding...
Columbines are notoriously prone to hybridisation, however some varieties are fairly stable ('Nora Barlow' and 'Mrs Scott Elliott', for example.
My strategy was to buy a couple of packets of mixed Aquilegia seeds from Chiltern Seeds from which I obtained over 70 plants. I have planted them out and then will ditch (or plant in the wild garden) all those that are not to my liking.
Hillsborough, NC

October 4, 2012
9:28 AM

Post #9295704

that is a great idea. but it seems to me that before we know it --the seeds are ripe and have sowed before we can catch. I will look for those two varieties and so no have to worry about getting out for the big seed roundup before it is too late.

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