Aquilegia, Clematis-Flowered Columbine 'Black Barlow'

Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info)
Species: vulgaris var. stellata
Cultivar: Black Barlow
Additional cultivar information:(Barlow Series)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Foliage Color:



18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Brea, California

San Diego, California

San Francisco, California

Plainfield, Illinois

Wilmette, Illinois

Switz City, Indiana

Benton, Kentucky

Berea, Kentucky

South China, Maine

Ellicott City, Maryland

Swansea, Massachusetts

Saginaw, Michigan

Buffalo, New York

Port Washington, New York

Cleveland, Ohio

Geneva, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Grants Pass, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania

Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Columbia, South Carolina

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Salt Lake City, Utah

Kalama, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Owen, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 6, 2020, Jansel wrote:

I introduced this plant to my garden on Long Island 3 years ago. Although it is an attractive plant, it is an aggressive reseeder and has spread to the point that it's been overtaking my gardens. Seems to prefer full sun. And leaf miner damage is minimal compared to other columbines.


On May 26, 2011, gardeningfun from Harpersfield, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Planted this in heavy clay soil 2 years ago. It finally bloomed this spring. It just opened 2 days ago- May 24, 2011. It is really pretty. I love the color.


On May 19, 2010, entzelb from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

Curious if anyone can give me some pointers. 3 weeks ago I planted some bare root stock of this plant. Before planting I soaked the roots in a warm bath and they sprouted in that few hrs. I also lightly dusted them with rooting hormone. I planted at the prescribed depth. a few are in shade, a few in sun. So far though, not a sign of anything and I'm wondering if I should give up or if there is still hope for them. MN has had a very warm and lovely spring so I figured they would be eager to show.


On Nov 24, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This was the 4th year for this plant in my garden. The blooms grew so tall, 4 feet, that I had to stake them!


On Dec 1, 2006, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

This color really smokes and comes true from seed, if not grown in vicinity of other columbines with which it would readily hybridize.


On Apr 29, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A beautiful selection with fully double, purplish black, spurless blossoms that resemble small dahlias. This variety was bred especially for cut flower production. It also works well in containers. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.


On Aug 5, 2005, Fleurs from Columbia, SC wrote:

Easily grown from seed. The small, dark double flowers are especially lovely with the pastels of spring blooming plants. Fertilome's Triple Action Plus sprayed a few times early in the season seems to have prevented marring of the foliage from leaf miners. Even when not in bloom, the foliage is very attractive.