Aquilegia alpina

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Plant Overview

This high-alpine meadow plant from the Swiss Alps has long been prized in UK gardens for its vibrant blue flowers. As well as looking lovely in the garden, it makes an excellent cut flower too. May very occasionally have white flowers.

Will tolerate quite dry soil when established.

The long, strong stems last for ages in the vase, making it an excellent cut flower.

Height and spread: 45cm x 35cm

Aquilegias have been cultivated in Britain since the 13th century and are one of the most traditional cottage garden plants.

Poisonous if eaten.

Common name(s): Alpine Columbine; Granny's Bonnets.







Photo: Paolo Villa, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.