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Hybrid Columbine, Songbird Columbine 'Bunting'


Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Bunting
Additional cultivar information:(Songbird series, aka Songbird Bunting)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:



Pale Yellow

Light Blue


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

4.5 or below (very acidic)

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

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:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Macomb, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Revere, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Andover, Minnesota

Crossville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 22, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Columbines are easy, adaptable, short-lived perennials, promiscuous hybridizers and self-sowers. The Songbird series gets highest praise from connoisseurs, with large, long-spurred, upward facing flowers.

'Bunting' has been given the Royal Horticultural Society's coveted Award of Garden Merit, one of four of the Songbird series to have done so.

According to Robert Nold, the Songbird series was created by the late Charles L. Weddle, Jr., of Paonia, CO, by crossing A. coerulea with the McCana's Giant strain and the Dwarf Fairyland series. According to Graham Rice, he also used A. canadensis, A. skinneri, A. californica and A. chrysantha, and perhaps A. longissima.

When he died in 1986 his stocks were bought by PanAmerican Seed, refined and upgra... read more


On May 6, 2008, gapchwillow from Macomb, IL wrote:

My Songbird Bunting Columbine is planted on the west side of my house where it gets full afternoon sun. I was concerned that it wouldn't grow well in those conditions. Considering that it's only been planted for one year it seems to be doing very well.


On Jul 12, 2005, RDT from Crossville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have it planted on the NE side of my house. It is full of blooms and has doubled itself within a year.