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Aquilegia canadensis 'Corbett'

Wild Columbine

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Photo by Bob Gutowski

Versatile and easy to grow, 'Corbett' is a charming selection of our native Columbine with delicate, light yellow flowers. More compact than the species, 'Corbett' is about a foot tall and heavily branched, sporting many flowers on a single plant. Though native to rocky woods and slopes, wild columbine thrives in average or even moist garden conditions. Hummingbirds love it! Self sows readily where happy.

Benefits

  • Nectar attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Seed attracts finches and buntings
  • Provides early spring color and nectar
  • Host plant for columbine Duskywing
  • Resists leaf miner

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows easily in full sun to part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils except heavy, poorly drained ones. Will grow in rocky, dry soil in shaded areas and on slopes. If foliage deteriorates, cut plants to the ground. Fresh new foliage will emerge and look good all season. Collect dried seed pods and sow them where you want more plants or simply let the plants self-sow.


Height
8-12 Inches

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Spread
10-12 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Ledges, woods, and cliffs; Quebec to Manitoba south to Texas and Florida.

USDA Distribution Map

Native Trivia

Pollinated by hummingbirds that depend on Wild Columbine as an important source of early season nectar. An old-fashioned garden plant, columbine has been cultivated in Europe and America since the mid-1600s. Native Americans used infusions from different parts of the plant for a variety of ailments including a wash for poison-ivy. When pulverized, the seeds were rubbed on the hands by Native American men as a love charm.

Good Companions
Creeping Phlox (Phlox stolonifera), Fringed Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia)

Characteristics & Attributes

Shade
Butterflies
Songbirds
Deer Resistant
Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Early Spring
Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Blue-green
Dark Green
Uses
Border
Cut or dried flower
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin