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Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Nora Barlow' (Barlow Series) (d)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pale Green and Dark Pink in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Dark 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 'Nora Barlow'

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

'Nora Barlow' is an erect plant to 80cm, with divided, dark green leaves and nodding, spurless, double flowers 2-3cm in width, composed of many narrow, dull deep pink and pale green petals

Synonym(s)

  • Aquilegia hybrid 'Nora Barlow'
  • Aquilegia vulgaris 'Nora Barlow'

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

Prone to aphids, leaf miners, sawflies and caterpillars

Diseases

May be infected by powdery mildews