Aquilegia caerulea – Aquilegia ‘McKana’s Giant’

Hybrid Columbine
Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ay)
Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-uh)
Cultivar: McKana’s Giant
Additional cultivar information: (McKana group)

Synonym:Aquilegia caerulea

Synonym:Aquilegia x cultorum

Category:
Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9° C (-40° F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pink
Red
Pale Yellow
Light Blue
Purple
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Chartreuse/Yellow

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

more info: One of the best in the long spurred hybrid range producing 2-3in wide flowers in an excellent colour range. Suitable for bedding and cut flowers. Flowers late spring/early summer. Hgt. 90cm (36in).

Sowing Instructions: Sow spring to mid summer in a good seed compost just covering the seed with compost. Germination can take from 1-3 months at 15-21C (60-70F), to speed this up seal in a polythene bag after sowing.

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