Aquilegia vulgaris ex double pink (Columbine) [25 Seeds]

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Germination Information: I suggest 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 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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It’s hard to choose from among the many pretty columbines, but this is one of my personal favorites. It came to me as ‘Nora Barlow’, but I’m not 100% sure that ID is correct, as it can have more of a ruffled, “petticoat” look than the pointy-petaled, starry ‘Barlow’ types. From more than a foot or two away, they look pretty much the same, but I’m calling it “double pink” here just to avoid being misleading. The poofy pink flowers bloom atop 18- to 30-inch-tall stems in late spring to early summer. It flowers at the same time as Arkansas bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii) and makes a lovely complement to that plant’s light blue flowers. I do have other columbines growing elsewhere here at Hayefield, so there’s a possibility that these seeds may produce some off-type plants, but they have come true for me in that part of the garden for the last 4 or 5 years. Full sun to light shade. Perennial; Zones 3 to 9.

Collected in late June and early July 2021. At least 25 seeds.

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