This attractive columbine bears sprays of flowers, which can vary from pale to deepest inky blue, with a cream corolla, in early spring and summer. Coming from one of the world's coldest places it is also very hardy and perennial.
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:Columbine, Granny's bonnet,