Aquilegia canadensis

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Columbine, Eastern Red Columbine


Plant Specifics

Size:2 - 2.5 ft tall by 1.5 - 2 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow,red
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant or rock garden.
Considerations:If conditions are right, it's a prolific reseeder.
Availability:Friends, Native nurseries, Specialty providers
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Lime rock
Soil pH:Acidic to highly calcareous (adaptable)



Blooms attract hummingbirds. Seeds consumed by small birds.


Blooms attract bees, butterflies, and hawk moths

Native Habitats:Bluffs and rock outcrops in moist deciduous forests. May also be found on shallow loamy soils over rock.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures