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Green-flowered Columbine
Aquilegia viridiflora 'Chocolate Soldier'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
Species: viridiflora (vir-id-uh-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Chocolate Soldier


Alpines and Rock Gardens



6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 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:

Sun to Partial Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer




Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

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; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

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:

Des Plaines, Illinois

Fallston, Maryland

Hamilton, Ohio

Newalla, Oklahoma

Grants Pass, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Santaquin, Utah

Lexington, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 21, 2008, Ficurinia from Portland, OR wrote:

I have several hundred different plants and this is by far my favorite. Even though I have about 8 or 9 now, I still seem to grow more of them every year from seed. They don't set seed well yet, I have to buy more, but it is worth it. (Maybe it would help if I didn't stick blooms in vases!)


On May 19, 2006, sugarshokt from Cambridge, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

I planted this last year in a raised bed...and it was the first one to pop up this spring! It's grown twice the size this spring, and the scent it wonderful. I love it!!!!