Spring Magic Blue Columbine
Aquilegia flabellata 'Spring Magic Blue'
Spring Magic Blue Columbine flowers
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Plant Height: 6 inches
Flower Height: 8 inches
Spread: 8 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Japanese Fan Columbine
Attractive deep purple-blue flowers with cream edged cups and interesting spurred petals rise over the medium green delicate foliage; a wonderful addition to border edges or massed in the garden; will tend to self seed
Spring Magic Blue Columbine has nodding deep purple bell-shaped flowers with royal blue overtones, yellow eyes and creamy white centers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to early summer, which are interesting on close inspection. Its attractive lobed compound leaves remain teal in color throughout the season.
Spring Magic Blue Columbine is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Spring Magic Blue Columbine is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Spring Magic Blue Columbine will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 8 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 6 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Spring Magic Blue Columbine is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.