Arizona Columbine is a favorite around here with its profusion of small, bright orange and yellow flowers. Blooms all summer when dead-headed regularly. It is native to the middle elevations of Coconino Country in Arizona and is very amenable to non-mountain climates.
18" tall x 15" wide (seed propagated). Arizona Columbine is a favorite around here with its profusion of small bright orange-yellow flowers. The amount of orange in the outer petals is variable. Even the dry, hot summer weather didn't shorten the 3-month blooming season. Like Golden Spur Columbine, Arizona Columbine comes down from the mountains into the middle elevations of Coconino Co. in north central Arizona and is more amenable to non-mountain climates. Shade is a must in hot desert climates.
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
5, 6, 7, 8
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Bee Friendly, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Multiplies / Naturalizes, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Containers, Rabbit Resistant
West, Western Only, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Spring / Summer, Fall
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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.
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.
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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