Aquilegia species Swallowtail ®

Swallowtail Columbine

 
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Exclusive. Swallowtail is unique with large, long-spurred flowers with bright-yellow center petals and softer yellow outer petals, held over attractive blue-green foliage. Late spring blooming, the flowers have amazing 4 inch long spurs flowing backward from the face of the flower. A High Country Gardens introduction.

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Zones 5 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Average
10 to 20"
Bloom Time Late spring to mid summer
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SKU HBLXQXX
Award: Green Thumb Award

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Green Thumb Award Winner 2000 24" tall x 18" wide (seed propagated). Certainly one of the most spectacular of our native columbines. 'Swallowtail' has huge bi-colored yellow and sweeping 4-4 1/2" long spurs. The flowers appear in late spring and are held on sturdy stems above the mound of blue to blue-green foliage. Plant in full sun or part sun in compost enriched soil. Water regularly.
Associated SKUs
HBLXQXX
20822 (Plant - 5" deep pot)
HBLXQ21 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
Common Name Swallowtail Columbine
Botanical Name Aquilegia species Swallowtail
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 24" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to mid summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 10 to 20"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Special Groups High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Hot Desert, Coastal California, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Growing Aquilegia (Columbine)
Aquilegia (Columbine) are native, shade loving perennials that provide ample nectar for hummingbirds. They are resistant to browsing rabbits and deer.

    Preferred growing conditions
  • These perennials grow best in compost enriched garden loam and dislike clay.
  • Should be mulched in dry climates with most types of common mulch materials.
  • Prefer regular watering to keep the soil moderately moist, but too much water makes them floppy.
  • Plant in part sun (morning sun/afternoon shade) or dappled shade, although at high elevation (above 7,000 ft.) they will do fine in full sun with regular irrigation. Aquilegia chrysantha and A. desertorum are the most sun tolerant.
  • Prepare the soil with good quality compost (not bagged manure, it’s too salty) and Yum Yum Mix.
    • Special comments
    • Deadhead plants to prolong bloom, but leave some flowers to set seed.
    • Individual Columbine plants can be short lived (3 to 4 years), but they will colonize areas of the garden where they will live for many years.
    • Columbine propagate themselves by re-seeding. To keep them re-seeding true-to-type, it's best to plant each species separate from other species (at least 100 ft. apart or on other sides of your house) to keep the hummingbirds from cross-pollinating them to any great extent.
      • Garden care:
      • Fertilize Aquilegia once in fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II.
      • Leave plants standing over the winter and cut back to 1-2" inches above the soil in mid-spring when the plants begin to wake up.
      • If the foliage becomes damaged from leaf miners or becomes straggly during the heat of summer, cut the foliage back hard (2-3" above the ground) and the plants will re-grow fresh, clean foliage in late summer/early fall.

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia species Swallowtail ®:

    I live in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and it is not a great climate for plants. I planted three of these on the east (wind-sheltered) area of my house and they thrive! Remarkable, lovely plants. The only problem is that here in the early spring they tend to get aphids, so once I "soaped" those away, they grew with vigor. Would give this species five stars!

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia species Swallowtail ®:

      I first saw this columbine in full bloom at Bellevue Botanical Gardens in WA state. Stunning. High Country Gardens is the only seller and I ordered 3 plants. They arrived in summer looking tiny and a bit sad. I planted them in a bed with lots of compost and average water. The following May they were incredible, then a second flush of blooms in July. Truly an attention grabber, everyone asks "Where did you get those!?"
      My only warning is that for the past few years I have been dealing with sawfly larvae - on columbine, deciduous azalea and roses (aka "rose slugs"). The tiny green larvae look like little caterpillars but are not. Once they hatch and start munching, they can strip every leaf on a poor plant. I researched and have to spray (but usually only once a year in the spring)

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia species Swallowtail ®:

        I've had these at the last three places I lived; California coast, northern Virginia and now Utah. They've thrived in all three locations and are awesome plants. After 2-3 years, they draw the attention of everyone around when they flower.

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia species Swallowtail ®:

          I ordered 3 of these plants. They were very small. I think possibly if the plants were a little bigger, they might make it. Out of three plants, I have one left. I love the long spurs. I have slightly alkaline, clay soil. I would think this plant would make it here.

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          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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