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Aquilegia vulgaris


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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


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Plant details

Charming, old-fashioned cottage garden plant with bonnet-shaped flowers, often two-tone and with long graceful spurs. Flowering in early summer, aquilegias fill the seasonal gap between the last of the spring bulbs and the first of the summer flowers. Self-sown aquilegias look charming naturalised amongst shrubs and roses. However, the plants interbreed freely and seedlings rarely resemble the parents. To keep chosen varieties pure, prevent self-seeding by deadheading shortly after flowering.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Aquilegia

Species: vulgaris

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: May to June

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