Aquilegia ‘Winky Blue and White’, Columbine: Gorgeous Bicolor Flowers
Aquilegia ‘Winky Blue and White’ or commonly just called columbine is one of the Winky Series cultivars that feature upward-facing, short-spurred, bicolored flowers.
‘Winky Blue and White’ is a bushy, clump-forming perennial columbine that typically grow 18 to 24 inches tall and blooms in the May to June time frame. These cultivars come in blue, purple and red with contrasting white on the upper parts of the sepals.
The divided leaves break down in to 2 to 3 lobes, they are bluish green in color, and held nicely above the ground.
How To Make Your Columbine Thrive
Columbine is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. It tolerates wide range of soils except heavy, poorly drained ones. The preference is rich, moist soils with light to moderate shade.
You need to remove flowering stems after bloom to encourage additional bloom. Keep soils uniformly moist after bloom to prolong attractive foliage appearance. When foliage does depreciate you should cut plants to the ground.
General Columbine Information
Disease & Pests
Columbine is prone to a fungal disease called powdery mildew. One of the most common pests on columbine is leaf miner.
Columbine are grown from seed. They can be directly seeded into your flower garden. If you have established plants, Columbine can also be separated by division in the spring.
You can plant in containers, beds and borders.
- Family: Ranunculaceae
- Plant Type: Perennial
- Leaves: Scallop shaped leaves Water: Moist well drained soil
- Height: 12 inches to 3 feet tall
- Width: 12 to 18 inches
- Flowers: Blooms from May to July
- Light: Sun to partial sun
- Hardiness Zones: Zones 3 to 9
- Garden Uses: Containers, beds & borders
- Special Features: Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, plant is deer resistant, and very easy to grow
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