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Aquilegia 'Tequila Sunrise'

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

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Alpines and Rock Gardens

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
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)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive carrielamont On May 31, 2007, carrielamont from Milton, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

My Tequila sunrises are huge. 3'-4' tallI I can't comment yet on whether they bloom all summer.

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

Medium 28". Zone 5-8 Long periods of bloom from May even into September. Requires a full season to establish. Nodding copper red flowers with golden yellow centers.


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

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Evansville, Indiana
Milton, Massachusetts
Norton, Massachusetts
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Bend, Oregon
Media, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Hereford, Texas
Houston, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Redmond, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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