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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Nivea' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Pale Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

columbine 'Nivea'

Family

Ranunculaceae


Aquilegia are clump-forming herbaceous perennials with long-stalked, ternately divided basal leaves and erect, leafy stems bearing bell-shaped flowers with spreading, coloured sepals and petals with spurs, on branched stems

'Nivea' is an upright plant to 80cm, with divided, light green leaves and abundant, pure white flowers 5cm in width, with short, curled spurs

Synonym(s)

  • Aquilegia vulgaris MUNSTEAD WHITE
  • Aquilegia vulgaris 'Munstead White'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk, Sand or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame as soon as seed is ripe or in spring. It can also be propagated by division in spring but the plant will be slow to recover

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Cut back foliage affected by fungal diseases

Pests

Can get aphids, leaf-mining flies and sawflies

Diseases

May be infected by powdery mildews