Aquilegia chrysantha v. chaplinei Little Treasure

Dwarf Golden Spur Columbine

Exclusive. Little Treasure is a dwarf yellow flowered form of a columbine native to the shady canyons of southern New Mexico. The bright flowers face upwards to the sky and attract hummingbirds. A High Country Gardens introduction.
Zones5 - 9
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Good For Cut Flowers
Good For Containers
Plants For Small Spaces
Light Requirements
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Full Shade
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
Mature Height15" tall
Mature Spread10" wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
ShippingNow shipping to zones 2-5.
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SizePlant - 5" Deep Pot
SKUHC014444

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

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.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • 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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15" x 10" wide, (seed propagated). The original seed for this rare native Columbine was collected in south-central New Mexico.'Little Treasure' is the result of many years of founder and chief horticulturist David Salman's breeding work with this plant to create a floriferous, uniformly-small-growing plant. With numerous bright yellow, upward-facing flowers 1" wide with 1 1/2" long spurs, it blooms for many weeks, beginning in late spring. The plant has a very attractive mound of foliage resembling that of a maidenhair fern. It thrives in compost-enriched soils and needs a semi-shade planting situation. Its diminutive size and colorful display of flowers make it very usable throughout the garden.
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SKUHC014444
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Common Name
Dwarf Golden Spur Columbine
Botanical Name
Aquilegia chrysantha v. chaplinei Little Treasure
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color
Yellow
Mature Height
15" tall
Mature Spread
10" wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture
Average
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages
Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Containers, Plants For Small Spaces
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Native To
North America
Ships To 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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