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I’m once again enjoying our native Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis). The blossoms are an example of the amazing variety of colors, textures and shapes in the natural world. I like the way they dangle and dance with the slightest breeze.

Aquilegia canadensis

The flowers will be gone in about a month, but I’ll continue to enjoy the foliage for most of the summer.

aquilegia canadensis leaves

Columbine is a hardy plant and adaptable to a variety of growing conditions. I have some plants in our dry shade garden and some in full sun and they seem happy in both locations.

The blossoms are also an excellent source of nectar for hummingbirds. I’ve seen a male ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) in the backyard recently, and I hope he enjoys our columbine as much as I do.


5 thoughts on “Columbine”

  1. Hi Betty,
    It was great meeting you on Sunday! I hope the rest of your visit was fun.
    I love columbine because the flowers look to old fashioned. In my garden, the native crosses with a white columbine I have to produce paler flowers. It’s one of my favorite plants too. I love your blog! ———Jane

  2. Have never seen columbine growing but have always been intrigued by your picture of it (card); am further interested in it due to new knowledge that it attracts hummingbirds and would love to know if it tolerates moderate sun and way too much standing water when it rains. Any chance it would thrive in Castlewood?

    1. Beth, according to my sources it can grow in dry or moist places. I certainly think it’s worth a try. I’ve seen it drape over rocks and grow in rock walls so I also plan to try it in a pot

  3. I also have columbine but wasn’t aware it was a hummingbird attracter – thanks for the info! You missed your calling – you should have been a photographer ; ) As always….great photo!

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