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PlantFiles: Hybrid Columbine
Aquilegia 'Songbird Cardinal'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Songbird Cardinal
Additional cultivar information: (Songbird series)

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
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 stormyla On Nov 24, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a beautiful plant with gorgeous blooms. The colors on the blooms are quite lovely. This summer, it bloomed for at least 2 months. The flowers are very large.

Positive Hyblaean On Jan 21, 2008, Hyblaean from Niles, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Last year, my 2 year old plant bloomed for over a month without dead heading. I traded for as many columbine seeds as I could get this year :) Not sure if any will be as beautiful as this one, but even if they are close, they'll do.


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

Algonquin, Illinois
Champaign, Illinois
Niles, Illinois
Marshalltown, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Omaha, Nebraska
Henrietta, New York
Norristown, Pennsylvania

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