PlantFiles: European Columbine, European Crowfoot, Granny's Bonnet Aquilegia vulgaris 'Winky Blue and White'
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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)
Sun Exposure: Light Shade Partial to Full Shade
Danger: Seed is poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Blue-Violet 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 Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
On Oct 1, 2011, PinkStar from Painesville, OH wrote:
I fell in love with this flower as soon as I saw it in my local nursery's catalog, which is what I do all winter long. I bought 2 small plants in the end of spring 2010, they grew beautifully and rewarded me with blooms this spring, 2011. Unfortunately, I live in a condo and during spring clean up the 'landscapers' decided to pull one of them but I was lucky enough that they do not understand anything about 'weeds' so they just broke it off, leaving the roots intact. Needless to say I was very unhappy, to say the least, but it came back and it is not as full as that other plant but I hope it will bloom just as good next spring.
On Mar 28, 2011, LazLo from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
A local plant guru must be descended from the Grinch who Stole Christmas, IMHO. I say the more the freakin' merrier and I hereby volunteer to come to the rescue of any other Grinch local to me who needs columbine relief.
On Aug 17, 2009, blumz from Trussville, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:
This is the first columbine I ever planted several years ago. It has never let me down. It blooms more prolifically that any of the others I have. I've shared the seeds with many people and they are so easy to germinate. I love to broadcast a handful of seeds over different areas of my gardens and then be surprised the next spring when they bloom. I grow them successfully in full sun, partial sun, and in shade; but I will say that they do best in areas of my gardens where the soil is slightly moist and doesn't get baked dry. Occasionally, I have one that is visited by leaf miners -- evidenced by the squiggly lines where they have eaten the chlorophyl from inside the leaves -- but it doesn't seem to affect the blooms.
On Aug 17, 2009, bmblsad from Northfield, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
I planted 3 of these in a new shade garden at the end of the season last year. They were so pretty when they came up this year...but then disaster struck. I don't know what it was, but something ate all 3 down to nothing and I think they are gone for good. It happened so fast that there were only one or two leaves left on the plants when I saw it. Would love some info about pests that make a little squiggly line like a worm through the leaves and then gobble the plant to nothing.
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.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Bessemer, Alabama Anchorage, Alaska Byers, Colorado Denver, Colorado Suwanee, Georgia Burr Ridge, Illinois Gages Lake, Illinois Wilmette, Illinois Twelve Mile, Indiana Gardiner, Maine Quincy, Massachusetts Eastpointe, Michigan Northfield, Minnesota Melvin Village, New Hampshire Flanders, New Jersey Angel Fire, New Mexico Raleigh, North Carolina Fairport Harbor, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Okmulgee, Oklahoma Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania Kutztown, Pennsylvania Austin, Texas Lubbock, Texas Spring, Texas Cave Spring, Virginia Federal Way, Washington Mindoro, Wisconsin