Aquilegia chrysantha v. chaplinei 'Little Treasure' (Dwarf Spur Columbine) is a 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. Exclusive.
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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Plant - 5" Deep Pot
'Little Treasure' Dwarf Spur Columbine
Aquilegia chrysantha v. chaplinei 'Little Treasure'
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade, Full Shade
Late spring to early summer
Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Native, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Containers, Plants For Small Spaces, Rabbit Resistant
High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction
West, Western Only, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California
Spring / Summer, Fall
Ships To Canada
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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