My journey with a Columbine


the facts first: we grow three types of Aqueligia, Mini Sta, Biedermeier and Little Lanterns. 21 and 72 size liners. they are very hardy zones 3-8.

Mini Star gets a short 6′ and blooms bright bluewith white corollasin laye spring and early summer.

Little Lanterns grows to 10′ has red flowers with yellow corollas. it is a Canadensis type, meaning it’s from a native columbine to north america.

Biedermeier has a rainbow of white, lavender and mauve colors. it stands to a bold 12′ very lovely.

My journey into the world of columbine takes me to Marissa Illinois. It’s a small town in the southern part of the state very close to St. louise MO. It’s a town of 200 people, and one of those persons has a yard that seemingly is devoted to Aquilegia. when she started planting them I’m not sure but there are columbine all over in various colors and sizes. Aquilegia had some help from pollinator bees and spread their seeds all over and their new colors. There was a purple one with frilled petals that really caught my eye.

Self seeding plants I think ,are really cool, because you get this naturalization thing going on. instead of carefully spotted plants you get a movement that has order in the garden.

Maybe you have a memory of columbine in your garden or a grandparents place? tell me about it.



Perennial plant propogator for Creekhill nursery. Over 40 years of experience with lots of plants from foliage, cut flowers, seasonal potted plants, annuals and perennials. A plant geek and nerd, i am

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