Common Name: Columbine Aquilegia Songbird Blue Jay

Height: 20.0-28.0 Inches

Spread: 18.0-24.0 Inches

Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Flower Color: Purple-blue shades

Foliage Color: Green shades

Sunlight: Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun) or Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements: Average Water Needs or Consistent Water Needs

Soil Quality: Average Soil Quality or Fertile Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry: Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0), Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)

Bloomtime: Late Spring or Early Summer

Attracts Wings: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds

Critter Resistant: Rabbit Resistant

Growth Rate: Medium

Garden Style: Patio Container, Cottage, Eclectic, Woodland Shade

Other Features: Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Easy To Grow, Mass Planting

Origin: Not Native to North America

 

Members of the Songbird series from PanAmerican Seed share a compact habit and large, long-spurred, showy upward-facing flowers measuring 3” in length on average. ‘Blue Jay’ produces large, violet blue and white flowers. The shade of blue is a little more intense than ‘Bluebird’, another member of the series. Use in shady, woodland borders or as a cut flower.

Aquilegia is especially lovely when allowed to naturalize in shady, woodland borders. They also have excellent potential as cut flowers, lasting up to 2 weeks in a vase.

 

Gardening Tips:

Columbine is easy to grow in loose, average to rich, well-drained soil. Heavy or soggy soils will hasten their demise. They can be grown in full sun or partial shade, though light shade will prolong the flowering time. In the fall, cut plants back to their basal foliage.

In the spring, remove only the dead leaves. Columbine is sometimes affected by leaf miners. If this happens, cut the foliage all the way back to the ground and discard it. Healthy, new growth will emerge quickly. Propagate by sowing named seed rather than by division; mature plants do not like to be disturbed.