Aquilegia eximia

Serpentine Columbine

 
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Serpentine Columbine (Aquilegia eximia) is an exceptional Columbine species with huge, downward facing orange and yellow flowers that bloom for many months beginning in late spring.

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Zones 4 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Annual Rainfall
Average
10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU HBLVP51

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36-60" tall x 15-18" wide. Serpentine Columbine (Aquilegia eximia) is an uncommon CA native, with huge, downward facing orange and yellow flowers that bloom for many months beginning in late spring. An exceptional Columbine, Aquilegia eximia (also known as King’s Crown Columbine) can be quite tall and is a good choice for planting in shade and semi-shade beds. A vigorous re-seeder, use Serpentine Columbine to naturalize the shady areas of your landscape. Enjoys moisture and alkaline soils.
SKU HBLVP51
Common Name Serpentine Columbine
Botanical Name Aquilegia eximia
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Orange, Yellow
Mature Height 36-60" tall
Mature Spread 15-18" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Ideal Region Western Only, 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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Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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2.0

Not sure about this plant -mine doesn't match the pics

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from Manti, Ut

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    • Small In Size
    • Unattractive

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia eximia:

    I planted mine around June in UT. The plants grew nicely. But when they bloomed, they were yellow and no bigger than typical columbines. I pay $3 for regular columbines. So, I paid more for these plants only to get plants that appear to be regular columbines. Go to your nursery for columbines.

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    3.0

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    from Santa Fe, NM

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia eximia:

      I bought two of these plants. One came up, while the other died within two months of planting. The one that survived did not flower. Maybe it will nexth year.

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      3.0

      hopefully 2nd year will be better?

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      from Ortonville, MI

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia eximia:

          It did not flourish in the first year, which is often to be expected. The plant arrived healthy, but struggled to acclimate a bit. I think it will be fine assuming it survives the winter. The biggest disappointment though was that I had one bloom on it and it was rather pale and in a shade of yellow. Not orange at all, nor was the flower any bigger than any standard Columbine I already have. I'm hoping to be proved wrong next year.

           
          1.0

          A different columbine arrived

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          from Santa Fe, NM

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          Never got the plant, so cannot recommend it or discourage it.

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          1.0

          Color Misrepresented... Flowers all White!

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          from Denton, Txas

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          Big Disappointment

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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.

          • 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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