Aquilegia canadensis, Eastern Columbine

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic 

This lovely wildflower is native to woodlands and rocky slopes throughout much of the eastern half of North America.* Its nodding, bell-like flowers on delicate foliage attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The Virginia Native Plant Society honored Wild Columbine as Wildflower of the Year in 1998.

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Tags: Aquilegia vulgaris -European Columbine, Alliaria petiolata – Garlic Mustard, Hardiness: USDA Zones 3-8, Use in borders or in rain or woodland gardens, Attracts hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, moths, Tolerates dry soil, drought, and rabbits, Self-seeds readily to form large colonies, Nodding flowers sport red sepals, red spurs, with yellow petals and hanging stamens April to July, Compound green- to blue-green leaves with round lobes in groups of three