This rare and delightful aquilegia has uniquely-shaped flowers in which the long red spurs are tightly folded back behind the yellow flowers until they are almost touching each other. When established the picture is of a shower of little shooting stars! This gorgeous plant is also called the Chiricahua Mountain Columbine.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:Shooting Stars, Granny's Bonnets