Aquilegia – Songbird Blue Bird
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Columbine is easy to grow in loose, average to rich, well-drained soil. Avoid heavy or soggy soils--drainage is key! 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.
Needs Good Drainage
Maintenance Category Easy
Water Category Average
Flower Form Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower, Mass Planting
Soil Fertility Average Soil, Fertile Soil
Soil PH Category Acidic Soil, Neutral Soil
pH B - pH 5.8 - 6.2
EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 0.6 - 0.9
Fertilization 150 - 200
Light Requirements Medium
Water Requirements Dry to Moderate
Rooting Out Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit
Growing On Temperature 55 - 65° Fahrenheit
Holding Temperature 50 - 60° Fahrenheit
Planting and Timing Information
Early Spring through Fall Finish. Standard PPP.
Finishing Times [weeks]
4-5" and Quart Pot : 8-10
6" and Gallon Pot : 10-12
7-9" Pot : 10-12
10-12" and Two Gallon Pot :
Pinching and Growth Regulators
-Make sure the plant is mature (has at least 12 leaves) before vernalization or flowering may not occur.
Habit & flowering will be improved with vernalization.