Aquilegia viridiflora (Green Columbine) [20 Seeds]
Germination Information: For the best chance of success with these seeds, I recommend surface-sowing them in pots 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 setting the pot in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for about a month before moving it to a bright place for germination. (Remove the bag if the pot will be exposed to any direct sun.)
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 refrigerator-chilling approach above before moving them back to a bright place.
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The flowers of green columbine share the same intricate form as more common garden columbines, but this species is distinctive for two things: its compact habit (to just about 1 foot tall) and its chocolate brown-and-green coloration. You’ll sometimes see this species associated with the name ‘Chocolate Soldier’; as far as I can tell, there isn’t anything different about ‘Chocolate Soldier’ except a more marketable name. Green columbine flowers around the same time as other columbines (mid to late spring), and I do have other kinds growing elsewhere here at Hayefield, so there’s a small possibility that these seeds may produce some off-type plants. Full sun to light shade. Perennial; Zones 3 to 8.
2021-collected seeds sold out. I hope to collect again in mid summer 2022. At least 20 seeds.
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