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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Winky Purple and White'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Winky Purple and White
Additional cultivar information: (Winky series)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 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

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sonnenblume On May 13, 2014, Sonnenblume from Aurora, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

I bought this plant several years back, planted it in part shade in Zone 5b and it did not come back after 1 or 2 years. I was disappointed and and thought that was it for this cultivar. I think they do not like too much shade and rich soil moisture in winter and need a really sharp drainage by the way. Now I have a self-seeded one that looks like winky purple and it likes it in one of the hottest parts of my garden where a lot of plants died out, it had just a rosette of leaves last year and this year it is blooming and very nicely!!! Now I really like it and hope it will make more babies:)

Positive weedsfree On Mar 30, 2012, weedsfree from Magna, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

I grow mine in full sun and medium clay soil without any difficulty and it likes it just fine. My columbine doesn't self seed until seeds have been thoroughly buried.


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

Aurora, Colorado
Des Plaines, Illinois
Ankeny, Iowa
Magna, Utah
Leesburg, Virginia

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