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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.


  • 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.

10-12 Inches


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
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • 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
  • Border
  • Container
  • Mass plant
  • Naturalizes
  • Rock garden
Native to
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin