Aquilegia chrysantha

Golden Spur Columbine

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30-36" tall x 18" wide. Golden Spur columbine blooms for months beginning in late spring with a profusion of large, cheerful yellow flowers that attract hummingbirds. Allow the plant to reseed itself to form colorful long-lived colonies. (seed propagated).

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$9.99
Per Plant - 5" deep pot
Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good for Cut Flowers
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40"
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 20815

Details

30-36" tall x 18" wide. Native to the canyons of the Southwest, this is one of the most widely adapted of all columbines. A vigorous grower, it combines excellent heat tolerance and mildew resistance with a long display of fragrant yellow flowers in late spring. A good rebloomer if promptly deadheaded. Quite sun tolerant at higher elevations.
SKU 20815
Common Name Golden Spur Columbine
Botanical Name Aquilegia chrysantha
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 30-36" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early 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", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good for Cut Flowers, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ideal Region 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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5.0

Fast growing!

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia chrysantha:

      I planted this in the Fall and by Spring it had become a nice mound of about a foot wide and tall. The flowers started early Spring, are held aloft like shooting stars, and are lovely. They keep coming! Mine recieves dappled shade next to a fountain and seems content.

       
      4.0

      Beautiful, bright flowers

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      from Walla Walla,WA

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia chrysantha:

        This went into my shade garden this spring and surprised me by blooming in the heat of mid summer. A bright spot in an otherwise played out space.

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        3.0

        survivor!

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        from Florence, CO

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia chrysantha:

          Last summer our area was hit very hard by grasshoppers and this plant was one that they loved, it was eaten to the ground-TWICE! It is still coming back this spring! I applaud it's tenacity and hope to see it bloom and thrive!

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          4.0

          nice plant, great height

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          from western New York

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia chrysantha:

            I planted this in my rear perennial garden, zone 5B, clay soil modified. I have planted this Columbine before and it did great for years. Disappeared last winter. So, I will try again.

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            5.0

            Seems to be doing well

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            from Denver

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia chrysantha:

              This plant is sitting in a very special place in our yard. Shaded amongst some pine and aspen.

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              5.0

              a great columbine for my climate

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              from Grizzly Flats CA

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia chrysantha:

                great plant, a deer did finally eat a bunch of old leaves off but with cooler weather I see some new growth for spring

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                5.0

                Vigorous is right!

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                from NW Arkansas

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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Aquilegia chrysantha:

                  Love this in our perennial bed. Give it plenty of room though. It's a huge plant after 3 years in the garden.

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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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