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Aquilegia formosa - Desert Columbine

Aquilegia formosa (Desert Columbine) seeds


Charming species native to the Mojave Desert mountains in North America with grey-green foliage and long, delicate, pendant flowers in scarlet and yellow.

Hardy Perennial
Flowers: Spring and early summer
Height: 20-30cm
Position: Sun or semi-shade

Packet of 25 seeds

Caution: Harmful if eaten.



Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year except early to mid-summer. Sow very thinly on the surface of a good, free draining damp seed compost (eg. John Innes). Do not cover the seed or exclude light as this is beneficial to germination. Seal inside a polythene bag or place in a propagator and maintain at 18-20C. Germination takes 1-3 months and can be erratic hence the need to sow the seeds as thinly as possible. Check the container regularly to make sure the compost does not dry out.

Growing Instructions: When seedlings are large enough to handle, remove them carefully from the container and pot up individually into 7.5cm pots. Grow on in cooler conditions in good, natural light, but avoid direct sunlight. In spring, gradually acclimatise plants to outdoor conditions, before planting out 30cm apart.

Caution: Harmful if eaten.

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