Aquilegia, Canadian Columbine, Wild Columbine 'Little Lanterns'

Aquilegia canadensis

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
Species: canadensis (ka-na-DEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Little Lanterns



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Palmer, Alaska

Richmond, California

Demotte, Indiana

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Dundalk, Maryland

Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Tekamah, Nebraska

Hudson, New Hampshire

Sicklerville, New Jersey

Elba, New York

New York City, New York

Rochester, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Williamsburg, Ohio

Newalla, Oklahoma

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Crossville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee (2 reports)

Austin, Texas

Galax, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia

Brewster, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 6, 2016, Ancolie88 from Innsbruck,
Austria (Zone 6b) wrote:

Aquilegia canadensis "Little Lanterns" is a small columbine which grows good in the rockgarden here in Austria and blooms early in April. I love the strong color


On Jun 28, 2012, jrtinker from Palmer, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

'Little Lanterns' is a special, dwarf selection of A. canadensis. It is perfect for a small rock garden. The regular species can get 3 feet tall or more, but the true 'Little Lanterns' has stayed about 4 to 6 inches tall for me. It is a charmer, and very hardy.


On Sep 13, 2011, Neotokyodoll from Roanoke, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I purchased 5 of what was labeled "wild columbine" in one of our local Lowe's. It was in the clearance section and all of them looked a little brown and rough. I brought them home and planted them in a dappled sunlight area in the backyard. They have only been there for about a month and they have already turned back green and grown impressively. These are a native plant here in Va and are said to attract hummers.


On Jun 29, 2009, l6blue from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Short lived perennial but prolific reseeder. I transplanted about 5 plants from my parents' home 3 years ago. Now I have hundreds. They don't choke out other plants, and you can just pull up the ones you don't want.


On Apr 25, 2008, dancingbear27 from Elba, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant brings back memories from my childhood as it always grew wild at my parents woodland home. In the summer it always looked so pretty and vibrant red. The bees and hummingbirds were always attracted to it. It was hard to transplant the plants. It is better to start from seed. I have recently purchased some from our local Soil and Water Conservation Dept so hopefully will be filling our woods with them!