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PlantFiles: Green-flowered Columbine
Aquilegia viridiflora

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Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
Species: viridiflora (vir-id-uh-FLOR-uh) (Info)

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Category:
Alpines and Rock Gardens
Perennials

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Green
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Baa On May 19, 2002, Baa wrote:

A short lived perennial from Russia and China.

Has soft green, divided leaves. Bears pendant, scented flowers with green sepals and maroon/brown petals with conspicuous spurs. 2-3 flowers are usually borne per stem.

Flowers May-July

Likes a fertile well drained soil in sun or partial shade.

I've grown this particular species twice and can vouch for its short life! Dislikes wet roots for any length of time and will show disapproval by promptly dying. Also dislikes full sun in the hottest part of the day and registers disapproval by shrivelling up it's leaves. It now resides in the cold greenhouse over winter due to the rainfall here.

Well worth the effort but save the seeds just in case!

Regional...

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

Seward, Alaska
Seattle, Washington



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