There are numerous cultivars of Columbine, some hardier than others, that bloom from mid-spring to midsummer in a wide range of colors, including blues, pinks, reds, bicolors and yellows. Depending on the variety, the crown-shaped flowers of Columbine are single to double, with or without spurs. A spur is developed when a petal of the flower develops into an elongated hollow spike that extends behind the flower (the photo above shows a Bold-supurred Columbine). The spur contains nectar which is a big attraction for hummingbirds, bees and other insects.
Columbine grow best in well-drained, compost enriched soil in full sun to filtered shade.
Type of Plant: Perennial
Distinguishing Characteristics: Deeply lobed leaves form a backdrop for many flowers with pale yellow sepals and darker yellow petals with long spurs.
Water Use: Moderate
Flower Color: Various
Sun/Location: Full Sun to Shade