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Aquilegia, Hybrid Columbine, Songbird Columbine 'Cardinal'


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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


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:

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:

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 22, 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, with large, long-spurred, upward facing flowers.

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, refined and upgraded, and re-introduced in the late 1980s. The series has since been expanded and quietly upgraded over the years under the guidance of breeder Dr Ellen Leue.
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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.


On Jan 21, 2008, Hyblaean from Necedah, WI (Zone 4b) 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.


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

Exquisite 3 inch wide, long-spurred, red and white bicolor blossoms. Prized for its compact habit and large, skyward-facing flowers. Honored with the award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2003. Used as a cut flower. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.