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Double European Columbine, European Crowfoot, Granny's Bonnet

Aquilegia vulgaris var. flore-pleno

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
Species: vulgaris var. flore-pleno



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 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:


Fuchsia (Red-Purple)


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

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

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Seward, Alaska

Williamston, Michigan

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 19, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Aquilegia vulgaris - Granny's Bonnets, Columbine
This is the true columbine of Europe, one of the parents of many hybrids. It grows 3' high with a spread of 18" or more. On long stems from the center of a loose rosette of gray-green foliage, it bears funnel-shaped, short-spurred flowers, typically dull blue in wild plants but ranging through pink, crimson, white and purple in garden varieties.
Frost hardy, they prefer a well-drained light soil, enriched with manure, and a sunny site protected from strong winds and with some shade in hot areas. In cold climates columbines are perennials and need to be cut to the ground in late winter, but growing the larger-flowered cultivars as annuals usually gives best results. Propagate by divisions or from seed in fa... read more


On Apr 18, 2006, Glorybe46 from Guelph
Canada wrote:

I have this in my garden. It does spread easly by seed so keep dead heading if you want to contain them. We had these in our old cottage garedn and I'm told it has been grown by our family for at least 5 generationd now.