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Aquilegia canadensis 'Pink Lanterns'

Wild Columbine

photo courtesy of Jelitto Perennial Seed

A shorter version of the species, this pink-flowered form of Wild Columbine is delicate and lovely. The soft pastel color brings light to the semi-shade garden and combines beautifully with other early and mid spring plants like Phlox divaricata and Iris cristata.

Benefits

Attracts butterflies, bumblebees, and hummingbirds
Flowers for an extended period beginning in early spring
Thrives in sun or shade; will self sow and naturalize
Buntings and finches relish the seed
Deer and rabbitresistant
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. Keep soils uniformly moist after bloom to prevent the foliage from dying back. 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
10-12 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

Aquilegia canadensis 'Pink Lanterns' was discovered by The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, Kansas and introduced by Jelitto in 2007.


"Wild Columbine is an important supplier of early season nectar for butterflies. It is also a host plant for many butterfly larva."

Good Companions
Lapham's Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata), Dwarf Crested Iris (Iris cristata), Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata), Wild Pinks or Catchfly (Silene caroliniana)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
Acidic
Humus-rich
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Early Spring
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Blue-green
Uses
Border
Container
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
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Illinois
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Iowa
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Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
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Mississippi
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Nebraska
New Jersey
New York
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Ohio
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Rhode Island
South Carolina
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