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Plant Taxonomy of Columbine Flowers:


Plant taxonomy classifies columbine plants, in general, as Aquilegia. For instance, Aquilegia canadensis is the red columbine.


Plant Type for Columbine Plants:


Columbine plants are herbaceous flowering perennials.


Characteristics of Columbine Plants:


Columbine plants come in many colors; some are even bi-colored. Columbines can have red, yellow, white, blue, pink or purple blossoms. Columbine flowers are airy plants with attractive foliage (clover-like when young), reaching ca. 2 feet in height (taller when in full bloom). Columbine plants bloom in late spring to early summer and self-seed readily if you don't deadhead (see below under Care).


Planting Zones for Columbine Flowers:


Grow columbine plants in planting zones 3-9. There are columbine flowers native to many lands. Aquilegia canadensis, for instance, indigenous to the woods of eastern North America, is a wildflower often remarked upon by hikers for its bluish-green foliage.


Sun and Soil Requirements for Columbine Plants:


There are plenty of exceptions, but "partial shade" is the standard recommendation for columbine plants. Grow columbine flowers in a well-drained soil. Often dwelling on rocky ledges in the wild, the drought resistance displayed by such columbine flowers as Aquilegia canadensis make them good candidates for xeriscaping.


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Taken on March 30, 2012