Hardiness: 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)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Medium Blue
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
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 From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On May 16, 2006, Tammylp from Lima, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
I love these little guys. They are so tough in my garden; I can dig them up and move them even when flowering and they continue to bloom. They continue to multiply (from seed) and now I have enough for a mass plant in my back garden. Last year I had not the first sign of a leaf miner, never sprayed (first time).
On Oct 23, 2004, SalmonMe from Springboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
This is really a lovely plant, but there are LOTS of lovely plants out there. This one is so very susceptible to leaf miners (you can almost count on them yearly here in Ohio) that it's debatable whether or not it's garden worthy for those who don't want to coddle it. If it is infested with miners, it can be cut to the ground and will recover foliage quickly. More than one cutting down may be necessary in a season, though, and flowering may be lost.
On May 16, 2004, Karenn from Mount Prospect, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
If you are using columbines in your gardens, be sure to isolate different varieties - this genus readily "cross-breeds". So if you want one to "stay true" you must plant it in a very separate area of your garden, away from other columbines. Also, columbines are very short-lived perennials - they usually self-sow their seeds, so as to return the following year. If you don't want them "flinging themselves around the garden", you should cut the dried seed pods before they release the seeds and simply sprinkle some into the crown of the plant, and either share seeds with others or dispose of the rest.
On Apr 14, 2003, flowergal from West Danville, VT wrote:
This plant accidentally showed up from seeds blowing over into my yard from my neighbor. It was a very deep purple I now have three differant colors, deep purple, Light pink and bluish purple. I have had success in both using seeds, and replanting seedlings off of the original plant itself. Very pretty plant when full grown.
On Mar 19, 2003, CanadaGoose from Oakville, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:
Very pretty, but short lived perennial.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Forest Falls, California Mount Prospect, Illinois Holland, Massachusetts Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts Akron, Ohio Blue Ash, Ohio Bucyrus, Ohio Elida, Ohio Piqua, Ohio Springboro, Ohio Chenoweth, Oregon Harbeck-fruitdale, Oregon Portland, Oregon Lafayette, Tennessee Farr West, Utah West Danville, Vermont Leesburg, Virginia Manassas, Virginia Kalama, Washington Seattle, Washington Vancouver, Washington Walnut Grove, Washington