- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 3 - 9
- Height: 24 - 30 inches
- Bloom Season: Spring and early summer
- Bloom Color: Purple
- Environment: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Type: Rich, well-drained, pH 5.8 - 7.2
- Temperature: 65 - 70F
- Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: Do not cover the seed but press into the soil
- Sowing Rate: 3 - 4 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 16 inches
Columbine (Aquilegia Vulgaris William Guinness) - Grown from Columbine seeds, this variety is an old-fashioned charmer. Aquilegia Vulgaris William Guinness creates a beautiful flowering clump in spring and early summer. William Guinness Columbine features deep purple-black sepals and brilliant white corollas. Columbine plants will self-sow if seed pods are left, however, plants do much better if spent flowers are removed.
This variety of Columbine is also known as Magpie Columbine or Granny's Bonnet Columbine. It truly is one of the few flowers that make you want to look twice. Create an eye-catching display with the lovely flowers on this old-fashioned variety of Columbine.
Sow Columbine seeds in starter trays indoor 6 - 8 weeks before last expected frost. Press the flower seed into the soil but do not cover it. Light is beneficial to germination. Or, Columbine flower seed can be directly sown into prepared seed beds with loosened, weed free soil after frost season has passed. Sow the Columbine seed in groups of 3 - 4, and space the seed groups 16 inches apart. Thin to the strongest plant.