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Columbine, European Columbine, European Crowsfoot, Granny's Bonnets 'Winky Purple and White'

Aquilegia vulgaris

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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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Aurora, Colorado

Des Plaines, Illinois

Ankeny, Iowa

Magna, Utah

Leesburg, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


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:)


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.