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PlantFiles: Hybrid Columbine
Aquilegia 'Songbird Dove'

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

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

11 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 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

Seed is poisonous if ingested

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
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mingsmimi On May 29, 2002, mingsmimi from Sharpsville, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

just got this plant a few weeks ago. So far. its love at first sight!

Neutral Baa On May 19, 2002, Baa wrote:

Superb F1 hybrid for any garden. If you need a reason to love Aquilegia, the Songbird series has to be the answer.

Small, short lived perennials for containers or the border with mid green, ternate leaves. Songbird Dove bears large, pure white flowers which bloom continuously for several weeks.

Flowers May-July

Likes a well drained but moist soil in sun or partial shade. Incredibly easy to keep.

Don't bother saving the seeds except for experiments, they won't come true.


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

Hayward, California
Fallston, Maryland
Piedmont, Missouri
Mechanicville, New York
Bellevue, Washington

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