Aquilegia canadensis (Red Columbine)
Red columbine is a lovely, compact perennial with graceful red blooms. It readily hybridizes with the yellow columbine, often presenting yellow and red combinations in the flowers. It is a woodland plant that prefers part shade exposure, although it is somewhat adaptable. It should not be planted in full sun though.
Red columbine likes moisture but must be in well-drained soil. Blooms attract hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and hawk moths. Seeds are eaten by finches and buntings.
AT A GLANCE
|Water use||Low, medium|
|Sun exposure||Part shade to shade|
|Bloom color||Red, yellow|
|Mature height||1-2 ft|
|Mature spread||1-1.5 ft|
|Attracts||Butterflies, birds, hummingbirds, moths|
|Host plant||Columbine duskywing|