Red Columbine Seeds – Aquilegia canadensis – Wild Shade Garden Perennial
Red Columbine blooms are the perfect solution for gardeners looking to add some early Spring color as the spring bulbs wane. Just as the Tulips and late daffodils cease flowering the delicate wind-blown blooms of Columbine appear alongside a lush green carpet of native violets and unfurling ferns.
If you love wild Spring flowers then you will love this Columbine’s a Springtime Native Aquilegia canadensis best in shade or part shade.
Fresh Red Columbine Seeds raised from my own pollinator-friendly plants are easy to germinate if you sow them direct where they are to flower in WInter. When sowing in Winter you are utilizing the natural process of cold stratification and germination rates, along with seed to flower % are usually good due to zero root disturbance.
Native columbine is one of the first Spring flowering perennials to attract essential pollinators and butterflies, plant with native honeysuckle to attract hummingbirds.
Performs best grown alongside native ferns in a semi-woodland setting, where the soil does not completely dry out, water during dry spells and expect the Red Columbine to die-back during a long-dry Summer. Early season perennials often go through a Summer dormancy, a defense from the buring Sun’s rays.
Also enjoys full sun in a moisture retentive soil, flowering length may be shortened in full-sun. Columbine are cheerful short-lived perennials pack includes 25 Red Columbine seeds itself freely and is easy to grow.
Seedheads add to this plant’s seasonal interest as they dry in the early Summers sun.
We hand collect and clean our seeds freshly collected each year.
When sowing Red Columbine Seeds indoors keep them in the refrigerated, in a ziplock bag with a folded piece of damp paper towel for 6 or more weeks to help break seed dormancy.
Easier still grow sow Red Columbine Seeds direct where you would like them to flower, in Fall or Early Spring and water during dry spells.