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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

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

22 members have or want this plant for trade.

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Ficurinia 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!)

Positive sugarshokt 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!!!!


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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