Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow' Columbine



Unique and mysterious, Aquilegia 'Black Barlow' is sure to leave an impression when its double, near-black blooms open above its lacy foliage in April and May.

A Columbine from Europe, 'Black Barlow' is beloved in the US as a tried-and-true heirloom variety.

Aquilegia 'Black Barlow' Columbine thrives in moderately fertile, well-draining soil in light shade to shade. It is great for woodland settings and is usually unbothered by deer. Hummingbirds and butterflies, however, can't seem to get enough!


  • Common Names: European Columbine
  • Zones: 3-8
  • Light Requirements: Part Shade to Shade
  • Soil Preference: Well-Draining
  • Height at Maturity: 32 inches
  • Width at Maturity: 18 inches
  • Bloom Color: Almost Black
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts:
  • Tolerates: Deer. Coastal Conditions. Drought.
  • Other Features: Evergreen.

Care and Growing Tips

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 become infested with leaf miners. Trim off any affected foliage to encourage new growth.

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Shipping Info

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