Aquilegia eximia | Serpentine Columbine
Serpentine Columbine, also known as Sticky Columbine, Kings Crown Columbine, and Van Houtte Columbine, is a California native that’s exceptionally tough, long-lived, distinct, and beautiful! This is not a common variety to come across.
The leaves, which are the main attraction the first year, are fern-like and resemble that of Meadow Rue or Clover. Plants typically bloom the second year of growth, but Serpentine Columbine is unlike every other Columbine variety in that it doesn’t have any petals, and has extra-long golden stamens that give the large, downward-facing scarlet-orange flowers a unique look. The flowers will bloom for many months beginning in late spring.
Serpentine columbine is not only resistant to mildew, but is immune to it. Prefers moist soil, but will tolerate several weeks of drought. Will grow in a wide range of soils and even gravel. Naurally found along stream banks, meadows, and woodland areas. For the best looking blooms we recommend planting sites that have morning sun and afternoon shade/dappled shade.
Hummingbirds cannot resist these flowers!
Seeds may require cold-stratification before sowing indoors, or one can direct-sow them outdoors in autumn or late winter/spring. They will gladly self sow in soil, gravel, under decks, etc.
Sun exposure: Part shade to full sun
Mature height: 2.5-3.5 ft
Mature width: 18 inches
Hardiness zones: 4-10