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Columbine, European Columbine, European Crowsfoot, Granny's Bonnets 'Winky Red and White'

Aquilegia vulgaris

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Winky Red and White
Additional cultivar information:(Winky series)



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


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 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)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

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

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Noblesville, Indiana

Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Dover, Pennsylvania

Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

Lubbock, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 6, 2009, leelynne from Dover, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love these! They grow great here and are very happy in the shade. I have about 8 of them in different colors, I only purchased 2 and they are happy to reseed themselves every year. If I dont like where the babys are growing I transplant them or just uproot them. I have them all up along my walkway and I'm hoping the will fill that area in for me!


On Aug 22, 2004, randi_rives from Lubbock, TX (Zone 7a) wrote:

This does well in the shade here In Lubbock. They need quite a bit of water, but the blooms are well worth it. The plants I have bloom profusely and when cut, they last quite a while in a vase. I enjoy these Columbines.


On Mar 29, 2004, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Tx.
I rated this columbine "Neutral" because I have not grown it myself. It is a very uniform, compact form of columbine that is very erect. The single blooms face upward and it supposedly will continue to produce blooms well after the first set. It is a suitable plant to grow in containers and in the border. It makes a nice patio plant.