Aquilegia is native to Europe and known by several common names such as columbine, crowfoot and Granny's bonnet. It is known and appreciated for its spring blooms and beautiful basal leaves. Flowers are dove-like with a spreading bonnet-like appearance. Use in borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens, shade gardens, woodland gardens or in naturalized settings. Enjoy as a ground cover after bloom. Perfect choice for the Northeast since they will naturalize freely. USDA zone appropriate in all 3-8 zoned gardens.
About this Variety
Aquilegia Ruby Port is a heirloom variety that dates back to the 1600 century and produces fully double, wine red flowers that bloom in spring. It is a strong grower and produces a sought after color that looks spectacular with white flowers. Nectar rich flowers attract wildlife.
- Easy to grow
- Attracts pollinators
- Beautiful, unique blooms
Full sun to partial shade
Grows 24-36" tall
Plant 12-18" apart, 1.5-2" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 3-8. Grow as Annual elsewhere
Easily grown by following the basic planting directions. Performs well in average, medium moisture, well draining soil in full sun to partial shade. Drainage is most important.
Remove flower stalks after blooming to encourage re-blooming. Continue to maintain moisture level. The foliage will wither away during the summer months at which time you may remove any foliage that is left. Continue to water the plant to maintain moisture.