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Aquilegia skinneri (Mexican Columbine)

Mexican Columbine, Skinner's Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis subsp. skinneri, Aquilegia madrensis, Aquilegia mexicana, Aquilegia schinneri


Very floriferous, Aquilegia skinneri (Mexican Columbine) is a herbaceous perennial boasting nodding, brilliant greenish yellow flowers with yellow skirts and long, bright red spurs. The flowers rise above the lovely foliage mound of finely divided, blue-green leaves. The foliage remains handsome throughout summer, provided the soil is kept moist. Blooming in late spring and most of the summer, this perennial will self-seed in the landscape satisfactory growing conditions.

  • Grows in a bushy, upright clump, up to 18-36 in. tall (45-90 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to light shade in moist, but well-drained soils.
  • Attracts bees and butterflies, but is ignored by rabbits and deer!
  • Easy to grow, this plant is a welcomed addition to beds and borders, city gardens, cottage gardens or containers.
  • Subject to fungal diseases, borers, leaf miners, and aphids.
  • Deadheading can promote new blooms.
  • Propagate by seed or by division in spring.
  • Native to Mexico.

Aquilegia is a genus of clump-forming, short-lived perennials noted for their late spring to midsummer blooms of single or double, short-spurred or spurless flowers, in a variety of colors ranging from blue to violet to white to pink to red. A classic element of herbaceous borders, Columbines mix beautifully with peonies, irises, alliums and roses.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 10
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Aquilegia
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 10
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Aquilegia
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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