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Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns'

Wild Columbine / Eastern Red Columbine

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'Little Lanterns' is a compact columbine that only grows 10" tall. Deep red and yellow nodding flowers top blue-green foliage for many weeks in spring. This is a good choice for shade gardens, woodland gardens, rock gardens and naturalized areas.

Benefits

Attracts butterflies, bumblebees and hummingbirds
Flowers for an extended period of time in spring
Thrives in sun or shade; will self sow and naturalize
Finches and buntings eat the seed
Deer and rabbit resistant
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
8-12 Inches

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Spread
8-12 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 is the larval host for the Columbine Duskywing butterfly(Erynnis lucilius). Pollinated by hummingbirds, which depend on Wild Columbine as an important source of early season nectar. An old-fashioned garden plant, wild 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.


"This is one of the first flowers to provide spring nectar for nectar-loving creatures like us butterflies."

Good Companions
Woodland Aster (Aster divaricatus), Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina), Cranesbill (Geranium maculatum), Coral Bells (Heuchera americana), Dwarf Crested Iris (Iris cristata), Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnamomea), Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata), Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium reptans), Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum), Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Shade
Sun
Soil
Humus-rich
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Early Spring
Late Spring / Early Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Dry Shade
Songbird
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Border
Container
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
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
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Mississippi
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Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
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Ohio
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South Carolina
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Tennessee
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