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Aquilegia alpina

Alpine columbine

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


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Plant details

Aquilegia alpina is a compact species with small clusters of charming, bonnet-shaped, blue flowers, ideal for adding colour to a rock garden just after the spring bulbs are finished. The plants are easy-going, but short lived - if allowed to set seed they provide their own replacements, and self sown seedlings left to grow where they germinate are extremely drought-resistant. All aquilegias cross freely with others in the area so seedlings may not be pure A. alpina and sometimes turn out be much larger plants.

Family: Raunuculaceae

Genus: Aquilegia

Species: alpina

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 45cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: March to May

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