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Red columbine

  • Native Plants,
  • Annuals, perennials and bulbs
Aquilegia canadensis
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Gilles Murray)
Aquilegia canadensis
  • Aquilegia canadensis
  • Aquilegia canadensis



Origin and description

Perennial native to Québec. It has a pretty indented foliage and numerous hanging red and yellow flowers visited predominantly by hummingbirds. The species is a good choice for rock gardens.

Height: 30 to 60 cm
Width: 30 cm
Blooms: red and yellow, May to June
Attractions for wildlife: attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and pollinators 

Common name

Red columbine

Latin name (genus)

Aquilegia canadensis

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Ranunculaceae

Growing conditions

Exposure: sun, semi-shade
Soil type: fresh to dry, well-drained, rather poor, sandy or stony
Observation: avoid soils that are too rich, as these foster production of foliage to the detriment of flowers


  • Zone 3

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Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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