Columbine, Crystal Star (Aquilegia caerulea) - 25 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 3-9
Columbine seeds are so rewarding to grow and give your garden spring color. This Aquilegia Caerulea Crystal Star is marked by lovely long spurred white blossoms. Aquilegia is one of the most valuable, hardy perennials, grown for its attractive foliage and pretty, spurred flowers, which are unequaled for their grace and color. Columbines make excellent cut flowers. Columbine flower seed sown early may bloom the first year, and will give good bloom the second season. Aquilegia Caerulea plants prefer full sun in areas with mild summer climates, but in hot climates, they do well with partial shade in the afternoon. Columbines bloom better with regular waterings, and cutting back old stems encourages repeat bloom. The humming birds and butterflies love Columbine, but usually both deer and rabbits leave it along. Most varieties of Columbines are profuse self seeders yielding a new crop of volunteers the following spring. Collected seeds produced from hybrid plants may not hold true in form to their parents.
Direct sow in fall, planting just below the surface of the soil. For spring planting, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 60 days direct sowing after the last frost. They can also be started indoors, planted just below the surface of a flat and kept at a temperature of 60-65° until germination. Keep the soil slightly moist and they prefer full sun or partial shade. In warmer areas, they appreciate a little shade from the midday sun.
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