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Aquilegia Music Series

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Toxicity

Sap may irritate skin

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Blue, Red, White and Yellow in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

columbine Music Series

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

Music Series is a compact short-lived perennial to 45cm, with long-spurred flowers in shades of red, yellow, blue or white, often bicolored

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

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

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in spring, late summer or early autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

May be attacked by aphids

Diseases

Susceptible to powdery mildews