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Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Black Barlow'

Granny's bonnet

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Black, Purple

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Popular for its late spring and early summer dark plum-purple flowers, it makes a stronger show than the more well-known 'Nora Barlow' which has much paler, pinker colours. 'Black Barlow' makes an effective contrast with white alliums and white sweet rocket, and other aquilegias such as the purple and white 'Colorado' and the red and gold 'Kansas'. It likes moist but free-draining soil where it will self-seed prolifically. You can either collect the ripe black seed in the early autumn and sow it in pots in cold frames, or gently move the young self-sown plants in the garden to more favourable positions in the spring. It's possible to divide cultivars in the spring, but they sulk for quite a while until they have fully recovered.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Aquilegia

Species: vulgaris var. stellata

Cultivar: Black Barlow

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Black, Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 76cm

Spread: 45cm


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