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Aquilegia ecalcarata (False Columbine)

False Columbine, Semiaquilegia simulatrix, Semiaquilegia ecalcarata


Award-winning Aquilegia ecalcarata (False Columbine), is a charming herbaceous perennial with upright slender stems boasting loose panicles of nodding, bell-shaped, pink and purple flowers in mid-spring to early summer. Unlike other Aquilegias, the delicate blossoms are spurless. They rise gracefully above the foliage mound of narrow, lobed green leaves, often flushed with purple. False Columbine is short-lived but will self-seed in the garden in satisfactory growing conditions. Native to open woodlands in China, False Columbine is a good choice for the rock garden,  the front of a border or a bright woodland.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities.
  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall (30-45 cm) and 8-12 in. wide (20-30 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. Will tolerate full sun in cool summer areas.
  • Easy to grow, False Columbine is a welcomed addition to beds and borders, cottage gardens, rock gardens and can be used as a garden edging plant.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagate by seed. As this plant is relatively short-lived, allow to self-seed freely or collect seed and sow in autumn.
  • Native to nearly all of China.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Aquilegia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spacing 8" – 12" (20cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Aquilegia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spacing 8" – 12" (20cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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