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Songbird Blue and White Columbine

Aquilegia 'Songbird Blue and White'

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Songbird Blue and White Columbine (Aquilegia 'Songbird Blue and White') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Aquilegia 'Songbird Blue and White' flowers

Aquilegia 'Songbird Blue and White' flowers

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Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spread:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Granny's Bonnet, Crowfoot

Group/Class:  Songbird Series

Description:

Extraordinary light blue and white flowers with darker blue spurs on a compact, many-branched plant; makes a welcome addition to shade and woodland gardens

Ornamental Features

Songbird Blue and White Columbine features showy sky blue bell-shaped flowers with white overtones and blue spurs at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its lobed compound leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Songbird Blue and White Columbine is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Songbird Blue and White Columbine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Songbird Blue and White Columbine will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 10 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Songbird Blue and White Columbine is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features