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Aquilegia canadensis

Also called Canada Columbine

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More About Aquilegia canadensis

  • Showy, nodding, bell-shaped flowers of pinkish-red and yellow
  • Attractive divided light green foliage
  • Naturalizing plant for rocky ledges or slopes and along woodland edges or ditches
  • Bloom Time: Mid-June to early August

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

The name aquilegia is derived from the Latin root word "aquil" which means eagle, referring to the eagle's talon-like spurs on the flowers. 

Aboriginals crushed the shiny, black seeds into a powder and mixed it with hot water to treat fevers and headaches.




40-50 cm


30-40 cm


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Wild Columbine Growing and Maintenance Tips

Aquilegia is an easy to grow perennial, growing best in an average to moist, well-drained soil, in full sun to partial shade. Extended periods of drought may cause aquilegia to go into dormancy. Deadheading will help promote more blooms. They are somewhat susceptible to leaf miner and sawfly, which disfigure the foliage. As the plants usually wane in midsummer, it is safe to cut them down, to prevent self-seeding.

Aquilegia canadensis Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Butterflies
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average

Growth Rate


Flowering Time

Lt. Spr-Sum



Foliage Color


Landscape uses

Woodland/woods edge