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Aquilegia canadensis – Wild Columbine

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Aquilegia canadensis – Wild Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis, known as Wild Columbine, is a native perennial that graces gardens with its unique, nodding red and yellow flowers in spring. This easy-to-grow plant thrives in partial to full shade, making it ideal for woodland gardens, shady borders, or naturalized areas. Not only does it offer stunning visual appeal, but Wild Columbine is also a favorite among hummingbirds and beneficial pollinators, providing essential nectar. With its delicate foliage and resilient nature, Wild Columbine is a delightful addition to any garden seeking to combine beauty with biodiversity.


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Common Name

Herbaceous Biennial




Ranunculaceae (ranunculus)

Height Range (ft.)


Spread (ft.)


Bloom Time

Early Spring

Bloom Description

Red, Yellow


Part Shade





Suggested Use



Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rabbits


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Product Description

Embrace the natural beauty and ecological benefits of Aquilegia canadensis, commonly referred to as Wild Columbine. This enchanting native perennial is celebrated for its distinctive, bell-shaped flowers, which feature a captivating combination of red sepals and yellow petals. Blooming in early to mid-spring, Wild Columbine adds a splash of color to the garden at a time when many other plants are just beginning to emerge.

Why Plant Wild Columbine?

  1. Attracts Wildlife: Its flowers are a magnet for hummingbirds and pollinators, enhancing the garden’s biodiversity and offering a lively display of nature in action.
  2. Shade Tolerance: Wild Columbine flourishes in partial to full shade, making it a versatile choice for challenging garden spots.
  3. Drought Tolerant: Once established, it requires minimal watering, making it suitable for low-maintenance and water-wise gardens.
  4. Versatile Uses: Ideal for woodland gardens, shaded rock gardens, or as part of a native plant border, Wild Columbine’s compact size and unique beauty make it a standout addition.

Cultivation Tips

  1. Light Requirements: Prefers partial to full shade but can tolerate morning sun with adequate moisture.
  2. Soil Conditions: Thrives in well-drained, fertile soil; adaptable to a range of soil types, including clay.
  3. Watering: Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Drought-tolerant once established.
  4. Plant Spacing: Space plants about 12 to 18 inches apart to allow for natural spreading.

Garden Design Ideas

Wild Columbine’s graceful habit and eye-catching flowers make it an excellent choice for adding visual interest to shaded areas of the garden. Pair with ferns, hostas, and bleeding hearts for a lush, layered look, or use it to create a colorful understory beneath deciduous trees. Its ability to self-seed can lead to delightful surprises in the garden, with new plants popping up in unexpected places.

Contributing to the Ecosystem

By planting Wild Columbine, you’re not only beautifying your garden but also providing vital resources for local wildlife. Its early bloom time offers essential nectar sources for emerging hummingbirds and pollinators, playing a crucial role in the spring ecosystem.

Incorporating Aquilegia canadensis into your garden design offers the perfect blend of aesthetic appeal, wildlife support, and ease of care, making it an invaluable addition to any gardener’s palette.


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Summer Shipping Concerns

Please expect some delays in shipping during summer months!

Shipping perishable items in the heat of summer can be tricky to say the least. Our goal is to try to get your plants to you in the best shape possible.

This means we may hold off on shipping items during periods of excessively high temperatures to give your new plants the best chance of surviving their journey in good shape.