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Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata (Columbine)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.9m
Max height
0.45m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata

Other names

Columbine, Clematis-flowered columbine, Aquilegia clematiflora, Aquilegia vulgaris clematiflora, Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata Mix, Aquilegia clematiflora Mix

Genus

Aquilegia Aquilegia

Species

A. vulgaris var. stellata - A. vulgaris var. stellata is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with divided, mid-green basal leaves and stiff, branching stems bearing spurless white, pink, or blue flowers in late spring and early summer.


Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Toxicity

Eating can cause stomach irritation.

Flower

White, Blue, Pink in Spring; Pink, Blue, White in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf-mining sawflies Aphids , Leaf-mining sawflies

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back stems after flowering. Cut down leaves in autumn or earlier if affected by fungal diseases.

Propagation

Sowing from seed is the preferred propagation method. Aquilegia hybridises freely in the garden so plants grown from garden-collected seed may not come true to type. Divide and replant roots in spring. Resents disturbance so may take some time to recover

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata (Columbine) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Likes full sun or partial shade. This cultivar will self-seed freely and self-sown plants may be moved in spring. Division is possible in spring but it will take the plant a while to recover.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata

Other names

Columbine, Clematis-flowered columbine, Aquilegia clematiflora, Aquilegia vulgaris clematiflora, Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata Mix, Aquilegia clematiflora Mix

Genus

Aquilegia Aquilegia

Species

A. vulgaris var. stellata - A. vulgaris var. stellata is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with divided, mid-green basal leaves and stiff, branching stems bearing spurless white, pink, or blue flowers in late spring and early summer.

Native to

Europe

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Toxicity

Eating can cause stomach irritation.


Colour

Flower

White, Blue, Pink in Spring; Pink, Blue, White in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf-mining sawflies

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back stems after flowering. Cut down leaves in autumn or earlier if affected by fungal diseases.

Propagation

Sowing from seed is the preferred propagation method. Aquilegia hybridises freely in the garden so plants grown from garden-collected seed may not come true to type. Divide and replant roots in spring. Resents disturbance so may take some time to recover

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata (Columbine) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Likes full sun or partial shade. This cultivar will self-seed freely and self-sown plants may be moved in spring. Division is possible in spring but it will take the plant a while to recover.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata (Columbine)

Common pest name

; Aquilegia downy mildew

Scientific pest name

Aquilegia downy mildew

Type

Oomycete

Current status in UK

Present (Widespread)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Established pest of a widely grown ornamental in the UK. Potential for economic and social impacts unless resistant varieties are developed. Statutory action unlikely to prevent further spread.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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