|Red or Eastern Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis L.)|
Eastern Columbine's bloom period overlaps with Golden ragwort and Phlox pilosa and I dubbed them the Happy Trinity of Clay and Limestone. In my metaphorical mindset, the trio is like a Mirepoix (cuisine)/holy trinity of ingredients and spices that when mixed together make the gardens colorful and tasty each spring. They're my garden's Spring flavor base and it gets even more delicious as Spring progresses. (Happy Flower Trinity)
(from an earlier post)
Aquilegia canadensis occurs naturally in rich rocky woods, north-facing slopes, cliffs, ledges, pastures, bogs, fens, roadside banks and good garden soil! They're easy peasy and if you want more let them go to seed...The seedheads are equally delightful! You'll know they are ripe when the it splits open and shiny black pearls spill out. Collect and plant them where ever you want more lanterns to light up your garden.
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.
I can't get enough of these beauties! I love the golden ragwort and columbine combo. I have them both growing in different areas of our garden but now that I've seen your intermingling plants I am going to move them around so I can try to get a similar effect. Happy Wildflower Week Gail!ReplyDelete
Yes, Happy Wildflower Week! I added some A. canadensis (also native here in Wisconsin--amazing range, this plant!) to my garden last summer after realizing it grows well in part sun and shade, alike. It's coming back in all the spots where I planted it in my garden! I also think it's beautiful in rosette form as the foliage emerges from the soil. Can't wait until the hummingbirds find the flowers. :)ReplyDelete
I have never seen Red or Eastern Columbine before. They are so delicate and beautiful and part of a lovely trio!ReplyDelete
Sadly this native variety is not liking where I put it so I may try to bog area once we fix a few things there and give it some space.ReplyDelete