Culture: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils except heavy, poorly drained ones. Prefers rich, moist soils with light to moderate shade. Remove flowering stems after bloom to encourage additional bloom. Keep soils uniformly moist after bloom to prolong attractive foliage appearance. When foliage depreciates, plants may be cut to the ground. ‘Little Lanterns’ may be grown from seed, and will self-seed in the garden in optimum growing conditions.
Characteristics: Aquilegia canadensis grows 2-3′ tall and features drooping, bell-like, red and yellow flowers (red sepals, yellow-limbed petals, 5 distinctive red spurs and a mass of bushy yellow stamens). ‘Little Lanterns’ is a compact version of the species that grows to only 10″ tall. Delicate, biternate, dark green foliage is somewhat suggestive of meadow rue (Thalictrum). Aquilegia comes from the Latin word for eagle in reference to the flower’s five spurs which purportedly resemble an eagle’s talon. Zones 3 to 8.
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