Canada Columbine
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...
Botanical Name: Aquilegia canadensis
Nom Français: Ancolie du Canada


Bloom colour: Red
Blooms: Spring - Zone 5 | Summer - Zone 5
Pollinators: Bees | Butterflies | Hummingbird
Sun or Shade: Full Sun | Partial Sun
Plant Type: Perennial
Height: Up to 2 feet (70 cm)
Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec
It grows well in hardiness zones: 3-8


Clearings, borders of dry woods
Water requirement:
Sand, loam, clay


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.


Spread: up to 30cm


Native to Canada

Styling and Use

Spring blooming wildflowers


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