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Semiaquilegia ecalcarata
False Columbine
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Zone 5 to Zone 9
Plant Shapes: Tuft
1.489.050

A very close cousin to regular Columbine (Aquilegia), differing in that the flowers lack the usual spurs at the back. This is a delightful low plant for edging, in the rock garden or bright woodland. It forms a mound or tuft of finely divided, ferny-looking leaves, bearing upright stems with graceful nodding flowers in shades of deep violet to wine purple during late spring and early summer. Will tolerate full sun in cool summer regions. Allow to self seed for successive generations, since these are relatively short-lived perennials. Plants prefer a well-drained but moist soil. Native to open woodlands in China. Quite possibly hardier to Zone 4 or colder.


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Conditions     Appearance    
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
  Partial Shade

Soil Type
  Sandy
  Clay

Soil pH
  Acid
  Alkaline
  Neutral

Soil Moisture
  Average
  Moist

Care Level
  Easy

Foot Traffic
  None

Rate of Spread
  Medium
Flower Colour
  Mixed
  Purple

Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Late Spring

Foliage Color
  Deep Green

Plant Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Border
  Containers
  Deer Resistant
  Edging
  Woodland

Flower Head Size
  Medium

Height
   20-45 cm
   8-18 inches

Spread
   25-30 cm
   10-12 inches


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