February 4, 2023
Aquilegia vulgaris

Aquilegia vulgaris

Aquilegia vulgaris is also known as Common Columbine, European Columbine, American Bluebells, American Snapdragon, Culverwort, and many others that I will list below. The Latin name Vulgaris means common. It is part of the Ranunculaceae family of plants. Aquilegia vulgaris is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial. Though it is sometimes considered or treated as a biennial. It is native to Europe.

Aquilegia vulgaris
Aquilegia vulgaris

In its original native state Aquilegia vulgaris is a blue-violet flower but other varieties in white and pink now exist. It is native to Europe. Aquilegia vulgaris can grow to about 1.2m or 4ft tall. It has biternate leaves with three groups of three leaflets.

Plant Aquilegia vulgaris in moist and fertile but well-drained soil in the full sun or partial shade. Deadhead Aquilegia vulgaris flowers to prevent it from seeding. Watch out for aphids, powdery mildew, aquilegia downy mildew, and sawfly. Aquilegia vulgaris is poisonous including the seeds. Propagate Aquilegia vulgaris by seed.

Aquilegia vulgaris
Aquilegia vulgaris

Aquilegia vulgaris is also commonly known as:
American snapdragon 
Capon’s Tail 
Cock’s Foot 
Dove Plant 
God’s Breath 
Granny’s Bonnets 
Lady’s Shoes 
Lion’s Herb 
Naked Woman’s Foot 
Pigeon Flower 
Pigeon Foot 
Sow Wort

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