This genus deserves its lofty names, which mean “eagle” and “dove,” because its intricate flowers have been said to resemble birds in flight. Beyond the symbolism of the flowers, the finely textured, widely varied species possess a gracefulness that is likely to carry you to heights of enjoyment. Whether trim dwarfs or fancy long-spurred varieties, Columbines are characterized by fern-like 3-lobed leaves. They are best suited for naturalizing in a woodland with dappled light, however the smaller species will thrive in a partially shaded rock garden.
Inhabiting haunts from southern Russia to northern Turkey plus Iran, this tall growing hummingbird mecca offers 2 in. wide blooms with cupped white petals, brilliant blue sepals and short, markedly hooked pale spurs. The cornucopia of fanciful blooms, perched upon wiry stems, gazes down at fine-cut glaucous greenery. Hard to find and easy to grow, Aquilegia olympica promises a pleasing foliar effect throughout the season, while positioned alongside Epimedium ‘White Queen’ and Helleborus ‘Joseph Lemper’.
Blooms May–early July
Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 12" – 18" wide.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Aquilegia atrata
- Aquilegia buergeriana ‘Calimero’
- Aquilegia canadensis ‘Pink Lanterns’
- Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Denver Gold’
- Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Yellow Queen’
- Aquilegia flabellata ‘Blue Angel’
- Aquilegia ‘Kristall’
- Aquilegia rockii
- Aquilegia sibirica
- Aquilegia vulgaris plena ‘Ruby Port’
- Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Blue Barlow’
- Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Green Apples’
- Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Leprechaun Gold’
- Aquilegia vulgaris ‘William Guiness’
- Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Woodside Gold’