Eastern Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis

Regular price $11

Container size:
4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep / 32 fl. oz.

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The red and yellow flowers of eastern columbine open just as the ruby-throated hummingbirds start arriving in spring. The flowers also provide nectar for bumblebees.

  • Thrives in shade
  • Compact habit
  • Evergreen leaves

Details

  • 2 to 3 feet tall 
  • 1 to 2 feet wide
  • Can self-seed to create stunning colonies 
  • Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9

Flowering Period

In central North Carolina, blooming starts in early March and continues into May.

How to Grow

Shade to part shade, morning sun is ideal. Grow columbine in lean, well-drained soil. Tends to be short-lived in rich soil and requires good drainage during the summer to prevent rotting.

Care and Maintenance

Easy, and carefree. Deadheading the old flowers will prevent self-seeding, though self-sown seedlings are nearly always welcome.

Where to Plant

Along the front of shaded flower beds where they can self-seed and create natural colonies.

When to Plant

Eastern Columbine actively grow and establish themselves during the cooler seasons of fall, winter, and early spring.

Spacing

Around 18 inches apart when planting in a group.

When will my plant flower?

Fall and winter planted columbines will flower in the spring.

Native Habitat and Range

Woodlands throughout most of eastern North America.

Source and Origin

Grown from seeds collected here at the nursery. Original source is from seeds collected along a streambank in Jones County, North Carolina.

States Cost per order
AL, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV $12
AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, RI, VT, and WI $14
IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX $16
CO, NE, ND, and SD $18

 

Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.

When will my order be shipped?

All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. We ship on Monday and Tuesday so your plants don't get held up over the weekend. Orders placed after Sunday may (especially in spring) be shipped the following week.

How will my plants get delivered?

Almost all orders are shipped via UPS Ground. Occasionally we'll use USPS Priority Mail for very small orders.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. or 946 ml in volume.

Do you guarantee your plants?

We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.

On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know.

If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.

What about sales tax?

We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.

Where can I find information about your plants?

Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.