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Aquilegia ‘Winky Blue and White’, Columbine: Gorgeous Bicolor Flowers

Aquilegia ‘Winky Blue and White’, Columbine: Gorgeous Bicolor Flowers

Columbine

Photo Compliments Of Ard Hesselink

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.

Propagation

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.

Garden Uses

You can plant in containers, beds and borders.

Quick Facts

  • 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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8 Comments

  1. Never knew of so many different Columbines. Thanks. Susie

    • The interesting thing about writing about something that you think you know is you have to do the research again, surprising how much more you learn in the next go round. I just added a columbine to my garden that has a gorgeous all yellow flower; I didn’t know that one existed.

  2. Hey Charlie. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I’ve recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest and love all the flowers. Thought you might like this… http://www.charliebulla.com/2013/07/10/floral-in-portland/

  3. Enjoyed watching the Columbine video. Haven’t had a lot of luck with them in Florida but did over-winter my first success which bloomed this spring. I moved it to a permanent site in the shade and it looks like it’s not going to make it … sigh.

    • Some times you just have to experiment until you find the right combination of shade, light, water, and soil conditions to make it work…you take everything you know or find in books and then you just experiment. Good luck; success will make the effort worthwhile.

  4. Beautiful video! Thank you for sharing the information.
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