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Aquilegia from Lubera

Whoever wants to buy an Aquilegia (columbine flower) will find many good reasons to do so. The filigree flowers of this perennial, which have long spurs, seem to dance through the perennial beds like elegant ballerinas.

Aquilegia vulgaris

Common columbine, granny's nightcap

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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow'

Common columbine, granny's nightcap

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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Green Apple'

Common columbine 'Green Apple'

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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Plena Nora Barlow'

Common columbine, granny's nightcap

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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Plena Ruby Port'

Common columbine, granny's nightcap

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Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guiness'

Common columbine, granny's nightcap

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More information about Aquilegia


They also bring a lot of dynamism to the garden, sowing themselves where they like and surprising perennial gardeners at new locations every year. The columbine flower is therefore an important part of the early summer garden.

Aquilegia belongs to the buttercup family. Anyone who wants to buy one is therefore spoilt for choice from the species of the genus. It includes over 70 different species, which occur naturally mainly in the northern hemisphere. They grow in sparse forests or on shady edges of hedges or forests. From the different species, various attractive crosses and varieties have been created for the ornamental garden. Visit the Lubera® Garden Shop for an insight into the broad spectrum. All of the columbine flowers, which you can buy here in the Lubera® Shop, are winter hardy and perennial. They grow between 30 and 80 cm high.



Which to buy?


Apart from the mostly blue to pink wild forms, there are exciting variations in breeding from white to light yellow to dark burgundy red. Among the representatives of the yellow-flowering varieties is the Aquilegia Caerulea hybrid 'Maxi', which has particularly large and well-formed flowers. The variety 'Green Apples' blooms greenish, as its name suggests, and later appears in pure white with green tips. If you want to buy a columbine flower that is pink, you should take a look at 'Nora Barlow'. It is spurless, has double flowers and is one of the most popular types. It is one of the varieties that the Royal Horticultural Society particularly recommends for use in the garden. It is named after Nora Barlow (1885-1989), the granddaughter of the British naturalist Charles Darwin.


A proven garden plant


The botanical name "Aquilegia" is said to be derived from the Latin "aquila" (= eagle). It probably refers to the shape of the spurred flowers, which, with a little imagination, resemble an open eagle's claw. The columbine flower has been cultivated as a garden plant for many centuries. It can be found in historical paintings as well as in the traditional records of abbess Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). In the Middle Ages, this perennial was considered a medicinal plant for diseases of the liver and spleen but was also traded as an aphrodisiac. To this day it is used in homoeopathic applications but is no longer of any significance in medicine.


Which partner perennials go well with Aquilegia?


Columbine flowers like a semi-shady to a sunny location on permeable soils. They are very undemanding and can also find their way around on barren sites. With their natural character, they can also be easily integrated into a romantic garden bouquet as cut flowers. Aquilegia is best used in small groups distributed over the beds. It should not be used on a large scale, as the foliage will die back after flowering and leave gaps in the planting. Especially in combination with large-leaved species like Hosta or Brunnera, exciting contrasts are created. Columbine flowers also go very well with peonies, irises, daylilies or heuchera, as well as with stonecrop or various grasses.




The columbine plant contains a small amount of prussic acid glucoside and is therefore slightly toxic. The substances are found especially in the seeds, but also in the leaves and stems. If one consumed more than 20 g of the bitter-tasting leaves, heart problems could occur in addition to nausea in the worst case. This is important to know, but no reason not to buy one of these plants. No everything that grows outside in the garden must be edible.




One of the peculiarities of the columbine flower is that it sows itself and unexpectedly conquers new places in the garden where it was not originally intended. There it looks so great that you can hardly bring yourself to weed it out, even if it blossoms in the middle of the gravel garden path and you have to make a small detour every time on the way to your seat. Thus this plant teaches you in a charming way that in the garden - and in life - not everything can be planned.

If the different varieties seed together, it is very likely that the offspring will bloom purple-blue again and approach the wild forms. If you don't like uncontrollable propagation, simply cut the stems off after flowering to prevent seed formation. In this way, the population can be controlled in a targeted manner. Cutting back also has the nice side effect that the foliage is renewed from below and sprouts fresh. Even if these are perennial, they are still considered to be relatively short-lived plants whose population should be renewed from time to time.


Easy to maintain


If you want to buy an Aquilegia, the question of how to take care of it will certainly arise. Caring for columbine plants is very simple. An annual supply of compost and leaves is sufficient as a nutrient replenishment. Apart from cutting back the seeds and regulating the population, there is little else to do. Snails leave the plants largely in peace, and if pests do appear, it is usually the leaf wasp or aphids. In these cases, radical pruning of the perennials is recommended. If the leaves are infested with powdery mildew, this is usually due to a sub-optimal location that is too dry.


Sowing yourself


Sowing Aquilegia, whether with collected or purchased seeds, is very easy. The ideal time for this is in the spring. However, you will have to wait a year for the first flower to open, whereas if you buy a columbine flower in a pot in the spring, you can count on rich flowering in the same season. The propagation of this flower is also a good reason to buy this plant.

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