Red columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is a spring-time favorite, and not just for gardeners! This native flowering perennial features drooping bell-shaped flowers with intricate foliage. The vibrant red and yellow blooms always seem to catch the eyes of hummingbirds, who find these flowers irresistible! Other butterflies, including swallowtails, enjoy their sweet nectar as well.
Red columbine is native to the meadows and prairies of the United States, making it fairly adaptable and easy to grow in your own garden. It is drought tolerant, but stays looking its best when the soil is kept moist.
Plant size: 2 - 3' tall x 1 - 1.5' wide
Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part shade (4-6 hours sun)
Water: Meduim moisture, well drained soil
Hardiness: USDA zone 3-8 (Find your hardiness zone)
Pollinator value: attracts butterflies and is especially loved by hummingbirds
Notable features: deer resistant, showy flowers, drought tolerant, native
Pot size: one quart
Plant name: Aquilegia canadensis
They grow well and are already sprouting new leaves