Compact with large upward-facing flowers, award-winning Aquilegia Songbird 'Dove' is very eye-catching with its long-spurred, pure white flowers, up to 3 in. long (7 cm), rising with natural grace above a lovely fern-like, gray-green foliage. Blooming for 4-6 weeks in late spring to early summer, this perennial is generally short-lived but will self-seed prolifically. 'Dove' is a cultivar of the Songbird Series which are noted for their compact plants and large upward-facing flowers in shades of blue, red or yellow, often with contrasting white petals.
- Grows in a bushy, upright clump, up to 12-18 in. tall (30-45 cm) and 12-16 in. wide (30-40 cm).
- Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
- Performs best in full sun to part shade, in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Seriously dislikes poorly drained soils! Rich, moist soils in part shade are preferred. Do not let the soil dry out.
- Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, but is ignored by rabbits and deer!
- Easy to grow, this plant is a welcomed addition to beds, borders, cottage gardens, shade gardens or naturalized areas. This compact Columbine may also be grown in containers and it makes good cut flowers!
- Susceptible to leaf miner.
- May be grown from seed sown directly in the garden in spring (after danger of frost has passed). Division is possible in spring, but it may take some time for the plant to recover.
- Remove faded flowering stems to promote additional bloom. Cut to the ground when the foliage declines (around midsummer).
- Contact with the sap may irritate the skin
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.