Aquilegia, Hybrid Columbine, Songbird Columbine 'Dove'


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



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

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


12-18 in. (30-45 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


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


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:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and 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:

Hayward, California

Fallston, Maryland

Piedmont, Missouri

Mechanicville, New York

Bellevue, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 21, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Columbines are easy, short-lived perennials, promiscuous hybridizers and self-sowers.

The Songbird series gets highest praise from connoisseurs. 'Dove', 'Bluebird', 'Bunting', and 'Chaffinch' (the last not available in N. America) are the columbines of the Songbird series that have been given the Royal Horticultural Society's coveted Award of Garden Merit.

According to Robert Nold, the Songbird series was created by the late Charles L. Weddle, Jr., of Paonia, CO, by crossing A. coerulea with the McCana's Giant strain and the Dwarf Fairyland series. According to Graham Rice, he also used A. canadensis, A. skinneri, A. californica and A. chrysantha, and perhaps A. longissima.

When he died in 1986 his stocks were bought by PanAmerican Seed, refin... read more


On May 29, 2002, mingsmimi from Sharpsville, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

just got this plant a few weeks ago. So far. its love at first sight!


On May 19, 2002, Baa wrote:

Superb F1 hybrid for any garden. If you need a reason to love Aquilegia, the Songbird series has to be the answer.

Small, short lived perennials for containers or the border with mid green, ternate leaves. Songbird Dove bears large, pure white flowers which bloom continuously for several weeks.

Flowers May-July

Likes a well drained but moist soil in sun or partial shade. Incredibly easy to keep.

Don't bother saving the seeds except for experiments, they won't come true.