Aquilegia canadensis (Wild Columbine) [25 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend starting these seeds in pots—surface-sow (do not cover them)—in fall to late winter. Set them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after February, consider giving the seeds an artificial chilling period of about a month.

It is possible that at least some of these seeds could germinate if you sow them indoors under lights in spring, or outdoors in summer. But if you try that and no seedlings appear within a month or so, then try the artificial chilling period mentioned above before moving them back to a bright place.

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With its generous display of nodding, red-and-yellow blooms, wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is an excellent addition to the spring garden. It’s beautiful, of course—reason enough to grow it—but it also has practical value as an early food source for hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. Height in bloom is in the range of 1 to 3 feet, depending on the growing conditions. It thrives in a woodland setting or partly shady garden. Also known as eastern red columbine or Canada columbine, this species is native to much of the eastern half of North America. If you allow the seeds to mature and drop, you’re likely to find some self-sown seedlings. These seeds are from plants I grew from seeds that were collected from PA-ecotype plants. Reportedly hardy in Zones 3 to 8.

Collected in early to mid June 2023. At least 25 seeds per packet. PA ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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