Aquilegia canadensis Eastern Red Columbine



Aquilegia canadensis has red-orange and yellow flowers with moderate spurs over lacy blue-green foliage. An airy looking plant, it is lovely scattered amongst other perennials. Aquilegia canadensis may be short-lived, but readily self-sows.

Also known as Eastern Red Columbine, this perennial is native to the eastern two-thirds of North America.

Aquilegia canadensis, or Native Columbine, prefers light shade and well-drained soil, but will tolerate full sun with sufficient moisture. It is reputed to be less susceptible to leaf miner than other Columbine.


  • Common Names: Native Columbine
  • Zones: 3-8
  • Light Requirements: Part Shade to Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers moist, well-drained soil.
  • Height at Maturity: 18-24
  • Width at Maturity: 12-18
  • Bloom Color: Red
  • Bloom Time: Midspring to midsummer
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts: Hummingbirds.
  • Tolerates: Deer. Rabbits. Coastal Conditions. Drought.
  • Other Features: Container Plant. Cut Flower. Evergreen.

Care and Growing Tips

This is a tough, native wildflower that needs very little maintenance to be happy. It prefers moist, well-draining soil, but is drought-tolerant once established. It does not need fertilizing.
For a tidy appearance, deadhead after blooming (cut each flower stem down to the rest of the foliage). The foliage may discolor in the heat or occasionally attract leaf miners. Trim off any affected foliage to encourage new growth.
This species is reportedly less susceptible to leaf miner infestations.

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