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Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
Species: canadensis (ka-na-DEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Little Lanterns

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

17 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jrtinker On Jun 28, 2012, jrtinker from Palmer, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

'Little Lanterns' is a special, dwarf selection of A. canadensis. It is perfect for a small rock garden. The regular species can get 3 feet tall or more, but the true 'Little Lanterns' has stayed about 4 to 6 inches tall for me. It is a charmer, and very hardy.

Positive Neotokyodoll On Sep 13, 2011, Neotokyodoll from Roanoke, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I purchased 5 of what was labeled "wild columbine" in one of our local Lowe's. It was in the clearance section and all of them looked a little brown and rough. I brought them home and planted them in a dappled sunlight area in the backyard. They have only been there for about a month and they have already turned back green and grown impressively. These are a native plant here in Va and are said to attract hummers.

Positive l6blue On Jun 29, 2009, l6blue from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Short lived perennial but prolific reseeder. I transplanted about 5 plants from my parents' home 3 years ago. Now I have hundreds. They don't choke out other plants, and you can just pull up the ones you don't want.

Positive dancingbear27 On Apr 25, 2008, dancingbear27 from Elba, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant brings back memories from my childhood as it always grew wild at my parents woodland home. In the summer it always looked so pretty and vibrant red. The bees and hummingbirds were always attracted to it. It was hard to transplant the plants. It is better to start from seed. I have recently purchased some from our local Soil and Water Conservation Dept so hopefully will be filling our woods with them!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Palmer, Alaska
Richmond, California
Demotte, Indiana
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Dundalk, Maryland
Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Tekamah, Nebraska
Hudson, New Hampshire
Sicklerville, New Jersey
Elba, New York
New York City, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Williamsburg, Ohio
Newalla, Oklahoma
Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Crossville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee (2 reports)
Austin, Texas
Galax, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Brewster, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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