Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Aquilegia flabellata nana-Yezoense: an easy re-seeding (redundant?) Columbine

There's something endearing about this dwarf Columbine; its shortened spurs produce a clunky flower lacking the sinuous grace that defines so many of its relatives...still its cheerfully appealing. I had Aquilegia flabellata nana alba, the white form, for years in my garden where it reseeded, true to color, interestingly but not invasively. At some point the seedlings became all blue and white, but I found I liked them better. Eventually, as happens with reseeding species, a year came when they didn't come back at all. Its good to see them at work! They're flowering right at the front of the Asian Collection this week.

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