Canada Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis

Ancolie du Canada

Plants are perfect candidates for the Shade Garden or Wildlife Garden. This spring blooming, native wildflower provides a welcome a splash of color early in the growing season. A member of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) and the flowers are a source of nectar for a variety of pollinators mid spring until early summer. Borders, cottage…


In nature Clearings, borders of dry woods.


Companion plant suggestions include Spring blooming wildflowers

Caring for Canada Columbine

Columbines typically do best in partial shade with rich, well-drained soil. However, this plant is also known to grow in full sun under drier conditions. Wide range of soil tolerance as long as drainage is good.

Freely self-seeds and will naturalize to form large colonies in optimum growing conditions. Remove flowering stems after bloom to encourage additional bloom. Keep soils uniformly moist after bloom to prolong attractive foliage appearance. When foliage depreciates, plants may be cut to the ground.

It is happiest in Sand, loam, clay