Hardiness: 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) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Pink Red Pale Yellow Light Blue Purple White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Blooms repeatedly
Foliage: Grown for foliage Chartreuse/Yellow
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Soil pH requirements: 5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic) 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
On Mar 8, 2012, lindypuddin from stony mountain, MB (Zone 3a) wrote:
i start from seed and plant out in part-shade lcations zone3a.
the first year i started so many i tucked the little plants in any bare spot i saw.
the following year i was surprised by all these lovely blooms
on long stems dancing in the wind over the foliage.
due to their short-life span and ease of starting..i always have a few to pop in 'here and there'
perfect pastel colors fit in with any color scheme.
a must-have in my plantings.
On Oct 25, 2010, soldiersong from North Plains, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:
I grew this from seed three years ago and it is a lovely columbine, which blooms well into July if I deadhead it. It has become about 24" wide and the flower stalks reached about 24" (after the deer ate them to the ground this spring). Once it starts to bloom the deer seem to leave it alone. I moved it last fall and it came back well in its new location - never missed a beat.
On Nov 22, 2009, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:
So many pretty varieties of this lovely spring flower. I add a new one every year here and there, sometimes replacing ones that are less energetic. I also get lots of volunteers, usually not true to form, but I let them bloom before pulling them out.
On Oct 25, 2005, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:
McKana's have been reliable performers in my gardens. I have three plants that are well-over 8 years old, and they bloom profusely from June through August. They reach 48" tall, and usually require some staking as they fill with blooms.
I have been growing this plant for 2 years and find it very successful in its second year. It has been flowering for over two months (I have been dead-heading it), and is a combination of crisp white outer petals, and cream-coloured inner petals.
On May 13, 2004, violabird from Barnesville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I too love this plant and was happy to see that someone else found better blooming with deadheading. Everyone told me it wasn't needed, so I didn't do it this Spring--guess what, no more blooms! Last year they went from Late March thru June with religious deadheading.
Hybrid columbines may be short-lived even under the best garden conditions. They generally live 2-4 yrs. Plants self-sow prolifically and new plants are always developing (but seedlings may not be true to parent.) Plant in humusy and well-drained soil.
Sow seed outdoors in spring or summer, or sow indoors in winter after dry storing them in a refrigerator for 4-6
weeks. Plants develop quickly.
Leafminers create pale tunnels and blotches in the leaves. Remove and destroy damaged foliage. In severe cases spray weekly with insecticidal soap. Borers also attack columbines, causing the plant to collapse dramatically. Remove and destroy all portions of affected plants.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Bear Creek, Alaska Sitka, Alaska Capistrano Beach, California Chico, California Fremont, California Long Beach, California Oakhurst, California Sacramento, California (2 reports) Colorado Springs, Colorado Waterbury, Connecticut Combee Settlement, Florida Aldora, Georgia Chicago, Illinois Germantown Hills, Illinois Indianapolis, Indiana Kirklin, Indiana Hebron, Kentucky Pikesville, Maryland Grand Rapids, Michigan Deephaven, Minnesota La Crescent, Minnesota Lincoln, Nebraska Nelson, New Hampshire Metuchen, New Jersey Granville, New York Hampton Manor, New York Hannibal, New York Irondequoit, New York Belfield, North Dakota Grace City, North Dakota Cincinnati, Ohio Dayton, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Lebanon, Ohio Mount Orab, Ohio North Plains, Oregon Fort Mill, South Carolina Algood, Tennessee Fairview, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Middleton, Tennessee Plano, Texas White City, Utah Camano, Washington East Port Orchard, Washington Edgewood, Washington Kalama, Washington Lake Goodwin, Washington Spokane, Washington