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C O M M O N  N A M E: Wild Red Columbine, Common Columbine, Eastern Red Columbine
F A M I L Y: Ranunculaceae
H A B I T: Perennial shrub  
O R I G I N: Europe, North America
Z O N E :  3 to 8   
H E I G H T: 2 ft. on average
S U N :  Full shade to partial shade
S O I L : Dry to moist, sandy to well-drained; avoid overly organic soil; maintains a high drought tolerance

T A G S :  wildflower, monoecious, pollinator attractive, herbaceous, edible

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Leaves are bluish, semi-evergreen, glabrous (hairless, smooth) and shaped to resemble clovers. 2" in width and 3" in length. Ternately compund, meaning the leaflets are divided in groups of three.

Flowers emerge from February through July, displaying as red, white, blue, purple, pink and yellow, five-petaled blooms with protruding stamens.  


Columbines love shade, while exposure to full sun will cause leaf burn. In Autumn it self seeds, which means it can propagate and replant itself when its seeds drop to the ground. When manually planting seeds, sow them before the cold of winter and the heat of spring. Germination takes place in the summer months. 

L A N D S C A P E   V A L U E

Highly attractive for pollinators including hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and moths. 

The drought resistance and low maintenance of the species A. canadensis is a solid option for xeriscaping, rock gardens and woodland-themed landscapes.