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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Nora Barlow'


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Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Nora Barlow'

Plant details

Flowering in early summer, aquilegias fill the seasonal gap between the last of the spring bulbs and the main flush of summer perennials. 'Nora Barlow' is one of the more interesting varieties, producing almost spherical heads made from lots of small pink, and white petals. Self-sown aquilegias look charming naturalised amongst shrubs and roses however the plants interbreed freely and seedlings are rarely much like the parents. Deadhead by cutting flowered stems off close to ground level shortly after flowering, to prevent self-seeding, if you want to keep named strains true.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Aquilegia

Species: vulgaris

Cultivar: Nora Barlow

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Time to divide plants: September to November

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