Aquilegia canadensis - Wild Columbine

Sun Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Shade

Soil Moisture: Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Clay

Height: 2  feet

Spread: 1  foot

Blooms: April, May, June

Root: Fibrous

Habitat: Savannas, Woodland borders and paths, Limestone glades, Fens and bogs

Landscape uses: Woodland garden. Pollinator garden, Rock Gardens, Deer Resistant

Complimentary Plants: Golden Alexander, Ohio Spiderwort, Wild Lupine

Wildlife Value: Bumblebees and the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird visit the flowers for nectar. Host Plant: Columbine Duskywing, Columbine Borer Moth

Seed Source: Blue Mountains, Ontario

Germination Code:  C(60)

Aquilegia canadensis - Wild Columbine

  • Wild Columbine is a whimsical garden plant that provides nectar in the spring for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Coincidentaly, its flowering period occurs with the return of migrating humingbirds, and provides an important nectar source for them.  This early bloomer is also quite versatile in the landscape. Wild Columbine will tolerate a large range of soil and sun types, so you'll have success with it in full sun as well as shade.  It can grow in pine tree areas and is deer-resistant.