Columbine
Aquilegia 'Ruby Port'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Ruby Port

Category:

Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

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:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Alameda, California

Chicago, Illinois

Hebron, Kentucky

Wallkill, New York

Columbus, Ohio

Bellevue, Washington

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Apr 11, 2015, janelp_lee from Toronto, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very easy to grow. I think it is as easy to seed as other traditional varieties of columbine. I usually cut the flower stems as cut flower.

Neutral

On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Medium 24". zone 3-8. An older variety that is being reintroduced. Double flowers of rich, dark red. Like all Columbines, likes a moist spot in rich soil.

Positive

On Aug 11, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Aquilegia x hybrida 'Ruby Port' has a habit similar to Nora Barlows. The blooms are a wine red, and the foliage is often burnished with red, as well. Since columbine are inclined to cross polinate, it is best to purchase live plants or purchase seed which has been monitored during pollination.