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Aquilegia [Columbine] [V]

Genus: Aquilegia.

Species: Aquilegia.

Genus: Aquilegia.
Species: Aquilegia atrata.
Planted 02.10 Vistabile fence border
Bought 02.10 Wilkinsons £1.98 for 2 plants / £5 for 3 packs
Aquilegia Black Barlow - Granny's Bonnet, Columbine
A real head-turner, with fully double spurless near-black flowers that resemble Dahlias. The unusual flowers look fabulous in the middle of a sunny border alongside plants with deep red or blue flowers for maximum impact. A popular and easy-to-grow cottage garden plant, it prefers a soil that retains moisture over the summer. Supplied in 2-3 litre containers. Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average to fast-growing Flowering period: May to June Flower colour: purple-black Other features: fern-like, mid-green leaves Hardiness: fully hardy Garden care: Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted manure or compost around new plants. Eventual height: 90cm Eventual spread: 45cm

Seeds sown 16.02.09 'Dwarf Fairyland mixed'
Freebie pckt with ? issue of Amateur Gardening magazine

This compact form retains the columbine's endearing charm, but being dwarf, it is more resistant to wind.It is very hardy and colourful and will thrive in poor soils. Flowers, which appear in spring / summer are excellent for bedding or cutting.

Photos of this plant

  • Aquilegiavistabilegarageborder14.05.08
  • Aquilegiavistabilegarageborderjune_11
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  • Aquilegia_closeupvistabilegarageborderjune_11
  • Aquilegia_blackbarlow_vistabilebackgardenfenceborder21june2013
  • Aquilegia_blackbarlow_closeupvistabilebackgardenfenceborder21june2013

Reminders for this plant

Due over 15 years ago:


Leave in fridge until 9th March or until germination takes place.

Remove from fridge

Place in warmth of 15C.

Check for germination


When large enough to handle prick out into 3" pots and plaunge up to rims in a sheltered spot outside.

Due almost 15 years ago:

Plant out

12" apart in moist well drained soil in sun or partial shade.