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

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

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28 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid 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:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after 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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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive gardeningfun On May 26, 2011, gardeningfun from Harpersfield, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Planted this in heavy clay soil 2 years ago. It finally bloomed this spring. It just opened 2 days ago- May 24, 2011. It is really pretty. I love the color.

Neutral entzelb On May 19, 2010, entzelb from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

Curious if anyone can give me some pointers. 3 weeks ago I planted some bare root stock of this plant. Before planting I soaked the roots in a warm bath and they sprouted in that few hrs. I also lightly dusted them with rooting hormone. I planted at the prescribed depth. a few are in shade, a few in sun. So far though, not a sign of anything and I'm wondering if I should give up or if there is still hope for them. MN has had a very warm and lovely spring so I figured they would be eager to show.

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

This was the 4th year for this plant in my garden. The blooms grew so tall, 4 feet, that I had to stake them!

Positive bluespiral On Dec 1, 2006, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

This color really smokes and comes true from seed, if not grown in vicinity of other columbines with which it would readily hybridize.

Neutral Gabrielle On Apr 29, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A beautiful selection with fully double, purplish black, spurless blossoms that resemble small dahlias. This variety was bred especially for cut flower production. It also works well in containers. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Positive Fleurs On Aug 5, 2005, Fleurs from Columbia, SC wrote:

Easily grown from seed. The small, dark double flowers are especially lovely with the pastels of spring blooming plants. Fertilome's Triple Action Plus sprayed a few times early in the season seems to have prevented marring of the foliage from leaf miners. Even when not in bloom, the foliage is very attractive.


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

Brea, California
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
Plainfield, Illinois
Wilmette, Illinois
Switz City, Indiana
Benton, Kentucky
Berea, Kentucky
South China, Maine
Ellicott City, Maryland
Swansea, Massachusetts
Buffalo, New York
Cleveland, Ohio
Geneva, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Grants Pass, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Salt Lake City, Utah
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Owen, Wisconsin

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