Aquilegia canadensis, Woodland Columbine
|Aquilegia canadensis, Columbine|
While there are many cultivars of Aquilegia that come in several colors at nurseries everywhere, ours is the Columbine native to nearly every county of Minnesota. It is a familiar sight, even to those who are new to native plants. It has a light, airy form with delicate leaves and pendulous, crown-like flowers that bloom for several weeks. Although it is known to self-seed, its delicacy and ability to work alongside a community of plants ensures that is never a a burden. Relatively easy to transplant, I dig up and move them freely in early spring, after bloom, or in the fall.
Blooms: red with yellow, late April into June
Height: 16 to 32 inches
Conditions: shade, pt shade, to pt sun, medium to medium-dry soils