Aquilegia alpina description:
Deep blue flowers in spring and early summer on tall stems, sometimes the flowers have white on them.
Having the name ‘alpina’ sounds as if it should be small and compact, but it is more of a perennial plant than an alpine plant.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
How easy is it to grow:
Good for the middle or back of a border or in a wooded area – it is easy to grow, only requiring a well drained soil, but it can be short-lived. It generally reseeds itself so it carries on.
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Other common names: Alpine Columbine, Mountain Columbine and Alpine Monk’s Head Lily.
Also known as: Aquilegia montana
The best position in the garden:
Sun or semi shade.
Is it useful as a groundcover plant?
Yes, good for wooded spaces.
What type of soil:
Well drained soil, also tolerates acidic soil.
How much moisture:
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Hardy. Can be short-lived, but it generally self-seeds itself.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Size of plant:
Height 60 cm.
Spread 30 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 10 plants per square metre.
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