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Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Clementine Dark Purple’ (Columbine)

Columbine 'Clementine Dark Purple', Monk's Head Lily 'Clementine Dark Purple'

Aquilegia Vulgaris 'Clementine Dark Purple', Columbine 'Clementine Dark Purple', Monk's Head Lily 'Clementine Dark Purple', Purple Columbine, Purple Aquilegia

Resembling Clematis flowers, Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Clementine Dark Purple’ is a very pretty Columbine with its bouquets of spurless double purple flowers facing upwards for a perfect display (1.5 in. wide or 4 cm). Rising with natural grace above a compact, ferny foliage of blue-green leaves, this perennial blooms profusely for up to 4-6 weeks from late spring to early summer.

‘Clementine Dark Purple’ is a cultivar of the Clementine Series, which is noted for being short, compact with spurless flowers, and perfectly suited for pots and containers. Other Clementine varieties include Aquilegia ‘Clementine Blue’, Aquilegia ‘Clementine Salmon Rose’, Aquilegia ‘Clementine Red’ and Aquilegia ‘Clementine White’. They all are lovely additions to the shade garden!

  • Grows in a bushy, upright clump up to 14-16 in. high (35-40 cm) and spreads 12-14 in. (3-35 cm). This perennial is generally short-lived but will self-seed prolifically to form large colonies in satisfactory growing conditions.
  • 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, rock gardens, cottage gardensshade gardens, or naturalized areas. Excellent cut flowers lasting up to 2 weeks in a vase!
    • Susceptible to leaf miner.
    • May be grown from seed sown directly in the garden in spring (after the 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.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Ranunculaceae
Genus Aquilegia
Common names Columbine
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 15"
(30cm - 40cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Aquilegia Songbird ‘Goldfinch’ (Columbine)
Aquilegia coerulea Kirigami Yellow (Columbine)
Aquilegia Songbird ‘Nightingale’ (Columbine)
Aquilegia coerulea Kirigami Rose & Pink (Columbine)
Aquilegia Songbird ‘Robin’ (Columbine)
Aquilegia canadensis ‘Little Lanterns’ (Canadian Columbine)

Recommended Companion Plants

Geranium phaeum ‘Lily Lovell’ (Cranesbill)
Nectaroscordum siculum (Sicilian Honey Garlic)
Lunaria annua (Honesty)
Digitalis purpurea (Common Foxglove)
Lupinus ‘The Governor’ (Lupine)
Astrantia major ‘Roma’ (Great Masterwort)
Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’ (Catmint)
Stipa tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass)
Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ (Ornamental Onion)
Iris sibirica (Siberian Iris)

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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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Ranunculaceae
Genus Aquilegia
Common names Columbine
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 15"
(30cm - 40cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden
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