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Plant Profile: Mexican Columbine (Aquilegia skinneri)

Aquilegia skinneriMexican columbine is a clump forming perennial native to Mexico and New Mexico. It is a member of the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae, that also includes anemone, delphinium, and monkshood. The branching stems carry thin triternate blue-green leaves and nodding flowers with yellow-green spreading sepals and petals with short yellow-orange blades and long straight red spurs. The flowers are 1 ½” long and appear from spring to early summer. Plants easily hybridize and self-seed but do not usually breed true.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Nodding flowers 1 ½” long with yellow=green spreading sepals and petals with short yellow-orange blades and long straight red spurs from spring to early summer.

Size: 2-3’ H x 1-1.5’ W

Light: Part shade to full sun

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 3-7

Care: Deadhead to prolong bloom; remove foliage disfigured by leaf miners.

Pests and Diseases: Leaf minors, aphids, powdery mildew, downy mildew

Propagation: Seed; division

Companion plants:Iris, peony, wild phlox (P. divaricta)whorled sedum (s. ternatum)

Outstanding Selections:
‘Flore Pleno (double flowers)
‘Tequila Sunrise’ (brightly colored)