Aquilegia yabeana

Aquilegia yabeana

Poor Columbines! They have suffered in popularity in recent years, due, I believe, to gardeners’ experience with the inferior, “compact” varieties so widely available. Have you also found your Columbines bloom much less & fail to overwinter? Well, I feel it’s my mission to bring back the joy & charm of Columbines to the Spring garden! As vigorous a Columbine as your grand­mother ever grew, this majestic, naturally occurring Japanese species (thank­fully unimproved by breeders) will easily reach 30-36” tall by 20” across & display a grand number of nodding rich purple blooms on branched stems above a delicate grey-green foliage mound. Long blooming, it reliably returns each Spring & self-sows! Cut back to 1” after bloom & you may get a 2nd flush in Summer. Butterflies & hummingbirds! Rich soil.

Annie

Sun (coast)/Bright shade (inland)
Avg. Water

Perennial
USDA Zones 4-10