The beautiful, violet-blue flowers of Aquilegia alpina, or alpine columbine, have been cultivated since ancient times. Native to wooded mountain regions of Europe, it forms a low, spreading mound of delicate, lobed, blue-green foliage which somewhat resembles that of a maidenhair fern. Its large, nodding, cobalt-blue flowers feature contrasting, golden centers and rise well above the foliage on tall, wiry, branched stems from mid-spring through early summer.
Aquilegia alpina performs best in dappled sun to partial shade and evenly moist, nutrient-rich soil with good drainage. It will readily cross-pollinate with other columbine and self-sow if allowed to go to seed, which is considered an advantage by some gardeners. However, faded flowers should be removed promptly if new plants are not desired. An ideal choice for woodland plantings, mixed borders and rock gardens, its richly-colored blooms also make excellent cut flowers.
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Genus - Aquilegia
Species - Alpina
Common name - Alpine Columbine
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 9
Height - 0,30 - 0,50 m
Spread - 0,20 - 0,30 m
Plant type - Perennial Flower
Exposure - Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acid, neutral, alkaline
Soil type - Average garden soil, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Alpine, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
Bloom season - May - June
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Violet - blue
Sow indoors from March to April or directly after the last frost till June.
Sow on the surface of moist well-drained seed compost and cover lightly (~2 mm) of vermiculite.
Germinate in bright place. keep moist.
Required temperature - +15-+20C. Germination time - 3-4 weeks.
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