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


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 giving the pot 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 approach above before moving them back to a bright place.

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Single-flowered columbines (Aquilegia) are so intricate and elegant, it’s hard to think of a way—or a reason—to “improve” them. We gardeners are always on the quest for something different, though, so it’s not surprising that the ridiculously frilly “Barlow”-type columbines have their fans. For a while, I was growing ‘Black Barlow’, with near-black  blooms packed with narrow petals. Those plants fizzled out, though, so I bought a new batch of seeds to grow out, and I eagerly anticipated seeing the flowers this year. When they finally opened, I was at first disappointed to see that, though they were double, they weren’t the near-black of ‘Black Barlow’. The blooms were beautiful in their own right, though, with tiers of ruched petals in a rich, velvety purple hue, and since they were growing well away from my other columbines, I figure the form and color should come true, or mostly true, from these seeds. (There’s always the possibility that a few of the seedlings will be other colors.) Height in bloom is 2 to 3 feet. Full sun to light shade. Perennial; Zones 3 to 9.

Collected in early to mid July 2023. At least 25 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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