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Aquilegia 'Hensol Harebell'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Sap may irritate skin

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Blue in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring
Green and Purple in 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 'Hensol Harebell'

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

'Hensol Harebell' is an erect herbaceous perennial to 90cm, with divided leaves tinted purple in late summer, and nodding, rich violet-blue flowers 5cm wide, with short, hooked spurs

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-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
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

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

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance 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