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Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Queen'


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Christa Brand, copyright GAP Photos (241367)

Plant details

This wonderful Mexican columbine creates a big statement in a border. Its tall stalks carry an abundance of outward-facing, large, bright lemon-yellow flowers with long spurs. Be aware that they do spread prolifically, and stop this happening by removing the dead flowerheads. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Aquilegia

Species: chrysantha

Cultivar: Yellow Queen

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 60cm

Flowering period: May to June

Reader reviews


I am at a loss to the fact that the yellow Aquilegia seems to have a pink vabascum type flower at the top of the page, or I have gone colour blind over night, not really useful at all good job I know what the flower should look like.


The flower in the picture is definitely a Lavatera or Malva.

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