Aquilegia 'Crimson Star'

Crimson Star columbine

CODE: 063-0002
ZONE: 3a
PRICE: $7.00
POT SIZE: 4.5"sq x 5.0", 1004 ml

This is one of my favorite columbines. Covered in bright, crimson-red flowers fronted by white corollas and a tuft of yellow stamens, they explode into color in late spring. They make a particulary stunning display when massed with white columbines like 'White Star' and are wonderful as cut flowers, lasting up to two weeks in a vase.

Although the plants will perform admirably if left on their own, you can extend your season by cutting plants back to the basal foliage after they're done blooming. You'll probably get a second flush of growth followed by another crop of flowers. Your plant's health will also improve if you cut the foliage back in the fall and remove any dead leaves in the spring.

When planting, make sure that your plants have good drainage or they may rot during the winter months. A slightly shady spot will also ensure that the flowers last longer on your plants.

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Christopher P. Lindsey