syn. Granny's Bonnet
90 - 100 cm
variety of purple and violet colours
June - July
sun - partial shade
well drained, average, moist
acid - neutral - alkaline
Aquilegia is a genus in the family Ranunculaceae. They are hardy plants that prefer fairly moist soil and semi-shade. However, the genus includes a few alpine plants that need full sun and well drained soil.
Seed – sown in January - March.
Seed just barely covered and kept at 20°C (68°F) until germination. If seed hasn‘t germinated in 4 weeks it is can be refrigerated for 2-4 weeks and then moved back to 20°C (68°F). After germination lower temperatures and plenty of light is needed so the seedlings won‘t become lanky.
A tall columbine that bears nodding flowers with short, hooked spurs, in a variety of purple and violet colour tones. It self-seeds prolifically, so it's advisable to cut the flower stalks before they go to seed. Fairly shade tolerant and hardy. It tolerates most soil types as long as the soil is not waterlogged.