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PlantFiles: Clematis-flowered Columbine
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Nora Barlow'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
Species: vulgaris var. stellata
Cultivar: Nora Barlow
Additional cultivar information: (Barlow series)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

20 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Green
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

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:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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8 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MorelCottrill On Jul 1, 2014, MorelCottrill from Dunn, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Striking flowers! They remind me of tiny dahlias. I rescued a bag of them that a relative was weeding out and discarding. That was over ten years ago. They reseed generously and the plants come true, strong and healthy. Move them while they're small-- they grow by taproot and resent tampering.

Positive stormyla On Nov 24, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've grown this plant for 4 years. It is an easy carefree reliable bloomer. It reseeds nicely. Mine gets late afternoon sun.

Positive cmccrell On Jun 17, 2007, cmccrell from Honeoye Falls, NY wrote:

Mine is a very tall (about 30") plant, with dark purple/red blossoms. Very pretty. Had to stake it, and it does get leaf miners to some degree during early- or mid-June, but all in all a nice plant. I have it installed next to a shed, in a mix of topsoil, cow manure, and peat, between a foot-wide swath of gravel and the lawn.

Positive SW_gardener On Apr 7, 2006, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

I really enjoy this plant, I've had it for a long time. Over the past few years it went down hill quite a bit but recently I moved it to a more sunny location and I think it will be fine. Has given me lots of seedlings. Some solid burgundy.

Positive Breezymeadow On Jan 17, 2006, Breezymeadow from Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've been growing this lovely plant successfully for the past 10 years in a semi-shady spot surrounding a bird bath. It sprouted from a pack of Burpee's "Mixed Wildflowers For Shade" that I simply scattered there, & has done quite well.

Not only do the older plants return faithfully every year, but they also reseed prodigiously, providing me with a number of new seedlings. Two years ago, a couple of the new seedlings sported pristine, pure white blooms, which are extremely attractive, especially mixed in with the original burgundies, & I hope to collect seeds from those & see if they'll grow & bloom true.

The deer & rabbits seem to leave these plants alone, & except for the usual & common affliction of leaf miners later in the growing season, they appear to be impervious to any other pests/diseases.

Positive Gabrielle On Jan 16, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is such an interesting Columbine. If it wasn't for the leaves, you'd hardly recognize it as a Columbine. It's really a pretty flower.

Stratification and light aid germination of seeds.

Blooms late May to mid June in my garden.

Positive Karenn On May 14, 2004, Karenn from Mount Prospect, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I had an unusual variety of this series that was blue & white rather than the more common pink & white. This has now "mutated" to a very dark bluish-purple (very hardy, also!).

Positive WUVIE On May 12, 2004, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I just recently learned what the name of this wonderful plant is....but have grown it for years and I love it!

In fact, I've given away large chunks of it, moved it
all over my garden and now that I am aware of it's name, even more in love with it!

Years ago I received the seeds in a trade. I planted
them but never knew what to expect or what would come up. For several years I've cared for and admired this plant in several locations about our garden, even at the base of a black walnut tree.

It looks good most of the year unless we have a
very dry summer. Love it, love it, love it!

Neutral CanadaGoose On Mar 19, 2003, CanadaGoose from Oakville, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

Short spurred and less attractive than it's long spurred cousins. Colours are generally stronger and brighter, and flowers have many more petals, giving a very ruffled effect.


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

Huntington Beach, California
Los Angeles, California
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Ashton, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Mackinaw, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Evansville, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana
Monticello, Iowa
Sioux City, Iowa
Urbandale, Iowa
Manhattan, Kansas
Hebron, Kentucky
Salvisa, Kentucky
South China, Maine
Holland, Massachusetts
Honeoye Falls, New York
Dunn, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Statesville, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Lebanon, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Ashland, Oregon
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Suffolk, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Monroe, Washington
Owen, Wisconsin

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