Aquilegia | Also known as: granny's bonnet | Rating: 4 votes | Print / Pdf

If you want to convince people there are fairies at the bottom of your garden then plant Columbine, these pretty flowers are quite ethereal.

Aquilegia is commonly known as Columbine. Aquliegia comes from the Latin aquila that means eagle, due to the claw shape of the petals of the flower. Columbine comes from the Latin word for dove as the flowers also look like a flock of five doves huddled together. There are varieties of Columbine with many different coloured flowers. They tend to grow in clumps and will attract butterflies and moths to your garden too. Native Americans were known to eat the flower as a condiment, however the seeds and roots are highly poisonous.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0
Spread [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Wild flowers
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Roses & classics
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
  • City
  • Meadows
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Underplanting
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years