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Columbine (Aquilegia hybrida) FLOWER Seeds

Columbine – McKana’s Giant Mix – Aquilegia hybrida

Perennial Hybrid. Colorful perennial with long spurred flowers. This woodland species prefers rich soil and partial shade. Pack covers approximately 10 sq ft if broadcast. When plants reach 4″, thin to 12″ – 18″ apart. Keep the seeds cool and moist for 3-4 weeks to dramatically improve germination rates. Blooms second spring from seed.

Flowers: Multi-colored flowers. Blooms in summer

Attracts: Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies

Soil: Prefers rich, moist soil

Native: Europe

USDA Zone: 3-10

Planting Depth: 1/8″

Days to Germinate: 21-28 Days

Height At Maturity: 2′-3′

Sun/Shade Requirements: Shade

Water Needs: Moderate Water


‘McKana Giant’ is an extra large flowered Columbine available in a wide assortment of colors. The flowers either face outwards or are nodding. Once the perennial begins blooming flowers can be expected for 4 to 6 weeks. Removing spent flowers helps to encourage new flower growth. McKana Giants large blossoms are good for cutting, but they only last a few days once removed from the plant.

How to grow

Columbines are perfect for the middle of a sunny, moisture retentive border. They attract butterflies and bees. Columbine is also a great choice for rock gardens, naturalizing and they make beautiful accent in a bouquet of cut flowers or arrangements.

Note: Columbine seed needs to be chilled for 3 to 4 weeks before it will germinate. Place the entire seed package in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks… then sow as usual.

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