Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Eastern Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
    Buttercup Family
    Lantern shaped flowers have light yellow insides and pale red outsides that hang delicately on top of flowering stalks that are a favorite of hummingbirds. Blue, green, and purple, lobed foliage is dense and  makes an attractive ground cover most of the year. If it starts to look scraggly in the summer, cut it to the ground, and it will soon come back looking fresh. Preference is for part shade, but it can tolerate a wide range of conditions–in full sun, it will be less attractive in the summer. Columbine can be somewhat short lived, but as long as you let plants go to seed, you will have columbine popping up all around. 

    Blooms: Red, yellow, 4-6 weeks Mar-May
    Leaves: Blue-green, compound, lobed, semi-evergreen
    Height: 1-3’
    Space: 1-2’
    Soil: Moist-Average
    Exposure: Full sun-Part Sun-Part shade-Shade
    Fauna: Hummingbirds, hawk moths and bumblebees, host to the Columbine Duskywing butterfly, leafminers 
    Seeds: Attractive star-like, ¾” pods turn from green to brown, contain several shiny black seeds
    Deer Resistance: Moderate
    Zone: 3-9
    Native Status: NC native, common in the Piedmont and Mountains, uncommon in the Sandhills
    Provenance: North Carolina Ecotype, Seed grown