Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns' Columbine



Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns' has star-shaped, coral-orange flowers with tubular corollas that are held above deeply lobed foliage. A dwarf variety of an old-fashioned favorite, 'Little Lanterns' gets only 12" tall. This columbine is long blooming and great for light shade or woodland settings, but can also take some sun. Aquilegia 'Little Lanterns' self-sows where happy. It may be cut back hard to encourage fresh new foliage after blooming.

Aquilegia canadensis is native to most of the eastern two-thirds of N. America.

Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns' prefers light shade, but tolerates full sun with sufficient moisture. It prefers well-drained soil. This perennial flower is attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds and is usually deer resistant.


  • Common Names: Native Columbine
  • Zones: 3-8
  • Light Requirements: Part Shade to Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers moist, well-drained soil
  • Height at Maturity: 6-12
  • Width at Maturity: 12
  • Bloom Color: Red
  • Bloom Time: Midspring to midsummer
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

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

Care and Growing Tips

This is a tough perennial 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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