I particularly like this species because it is small and compact, perfect for the front of the border where the unique flowers can be savored. The leaves are blue-green, rounded, and fan shaped, and are a plus even after the blooms fade.
Type: Herbaceous perennial.
Bloom: Spring-early summer with nodding flowers in blue, white, or a combination of blue and white and pink.
Size: 4”-12” depending on the variety/cultivar.
Light: Light-moderate shade (tolerates more sun in cool areas).
Soil: Rich with plenty of moisture but tolerates average soil as long as it is well drained.
Fertilizer: Mulch with organic material in spring.
Hardiness: Zones 3-9.
Care: Deadheading will encourage more blooming.
Pests and Diseases: Prone to leaf miner as other columbines are. When the foliage gets ratty looking cut the plant down. It will soon send up new, fresh leaves that last for the rest of the season.
Propagation: Self seeds easily.
Companion plants: Heuchera, small ferns, Tiarella, bleeding heart; small hosta.
‘Akitensis’ blue and white
‘Alba’ – (‘Pumila Alba’, ‘Nana Alba’) – white; blooms a little bit earlier than the species
‘Blue Angel’ grows 8-10 inches tall and has lavender and cream flowers
‘Cameo Mix’ – shades of blue, pink and white.
‘Ministar’ – white and blue; 6”-8” tall
var. pumila- mauve and white; 4” tall