Belonging to the Aquilegia genus, Granny's bonnet has a botanical name of Aquilegia.
A great perennial wildlife plant for old cottage gardens, columbines come in a huge array of colours and feature delicate spurred petals with showy stamens. Found in the wild mainly in woods and meadows.
Many varieties self seed readily.
Blooms appear in these approximate colours: Steel Blue and Cadmium red and Floral white.
A type of flower / ornamental, it mainly grows as a perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+).
Normally growing to a mature height of 45.0 cm (1.46 feet), Granny's bonnet grows with a erect habit. This plant tends to bloom in early summer.
Granny's bonnet is a great plant to attract butterflies and bees to your garden.
Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Granny's bonnet is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.
This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Granny's bonnet have been kindly provided by our members.
Granny's bonnet likes a position of dappled sun / dappled sun and remember to water often. Zone 3 to 9 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Keep in mind when planting that Granny's bonnet is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to go dormant over the long winter months.
See our list of companion Plants for Granny's bonnet to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
Aquilegia is very easy to sow from seed – they are also interfertile, and can be relied on to self sow.
Benifits form the seeds being chilled for a few weeks before sowing to simulate winter, then the seeds need to be warmed to simulate spring.
Light should be excluded once sown using finely sieved seed compost or vermiculite at a depth of around 3mm – 3.5mm or 1/8th".
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Granny's bonnet about 56 days before your last frost date .
These don’t always come true from seed and some interesting hybrids can be created, but usually turn into a pale version of the flowers heading towards a pale pink.
Seed viability is two years.
These estimates for how long Granny's bonnet takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 19 days | Min 7 days | Max 139 days (10)
Average 72 days | Min 33 days | Max 498 days (3)
Average 240 days | Min 90 days | Max 663 days (5)
Our when to plant Granny's bonnet estimates are relative to your last frost date.
The name columbine derives from the Latin for ‘dove’ (columba) because many varieties are a bluish colour, like some doves.
The genus name Aquilegia derives from the Latin word for ‘eagle’ (aquila) due to the eagle claw-like shape of the spurred shape of the blossom.
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