Songbird Blue Jay Columbine
Aquilegia 'Blue Jay'
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Songbird Blue Jay Columbine flowers
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Plant Height: 20 inches
Flower Height: 28 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 2b
Other Names: Granny's Bonnet, Crowfoot
Group/Class: Songbird Series
Brand: PanAmerican Seed
Lovely violet-blue/white bi-color blooms that are long lasting as cutflowers; a great color accent for the garden, does well in partial shade, will naturalize wooded or shaded areas
Songbird Blue Jay Columbine features bold nodding blue bell-shaped flowers with white overtones and yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its ferny compound leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Songbird Blue Jay Columbine is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Songbird Blue Jay Columbine is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Songbird Blue Jay Columbine will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity extending to 28 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.
This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Songbird Blue Jay Columbine is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.
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