Aquilegia caerulea Red Hobbit

Red Hobbit Columbine

 

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A dwarf variety of Rocky Mountain Columbine with red and white flowers. This little beauty comes true from seed and should be encouraged to re-seed itself in the garden where it makes colorful colonies.

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Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Good for Cut Flowers
Good for Containers
Native
Plants for Small Spaces
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Shade
Full Shade
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40"
4050
40 to 50"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 20812

Details

12-14" tall x 12" wide. A delightful addition to the semi-shade border, Red Hobbit is a dwarf Danish selection with eye-catching red and white flowers. Hybridized from our native Rocky Mt. Columbine, it tolerates a wide range of growing conditions (sandy or loamy soil, full sun to part shade). We've found it does best in western gardens with compost-enriched soil with regular irrigation and protection from the afternoon sun. This stable hybrid comes true to color when reseeding in the garden, unlike many other hybrid varieties. (seed propagated)
SKU 20812
Common Name Red Hobbit Columbine
Botanical Name Aquilegia caerulea Red Hobbit
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Shade
Flower Color Red, White
Mature Height 12-14" tall
Mature Spread 12" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Containers, Native, Plants for Small Spaces, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Adds Texture
Ideal Region Western Only, Suitable Above 7000 ft, 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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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 4 (zones 3-4 first) and ends in early November. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code.

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Survived high desert!

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from Kanab zone 7 4500ft up

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  • Attractive
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      Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia caerulea Red Hobbit:

      I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw that my red hobbit Columbine was blooming! This is the first columbine of any variety that I have ever been able to keep alive in our high desert, poor soil, low humidity, high winds climate!
      Plus I refuse to amend soil or fertilize, so it's survival of the fittest around here.
      Planted fall 2017 and already a flower in 2018! I like these results!

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia caerulea Red Hobbit:

        I never saw a single bloom.
        I tried some of your plants again this year--the catalogs and emails look so pretty--but not much success so far with your products.
        I ordered the Scrophularis-redbirds in a tree-last month. Very shocked to have received a plant that is smaller than the tag describing it--the plant is barely an inch high. We will see--maybe this was my last purchase.

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        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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