Aquilegia elegantula



Habitat: stony places


Soil: gritty, well drained


Height: 20 cm


Flowering: late spring


Width: 20 cm



There are dozens of species of Aquilegia, and hundreds of hybrids. The species range from small alpines from high in the mountains to tall plants from woods or meadows, which would be at home in a herbaceous border. The ones we offer include excellent and reliable rock garden plants and others that are unusual or new in cultivation. They come from all round the Northern Hemisphere. See also Semiaquilegia.

Aquilegia elegantula has red flowers with yellow centres, not unlike some of the shorter forms of Aquilegia canadensis.
9 cm pot £4.00

Aquilegia - some other suggestions
IMH_6567.jpg Aquilegia atrata is probably the darkest-flowered Aquilegia species. The flowers have short, hooked spurs, and are a good violet blue, with small white tips to the petals and a small white eye.
invisible.gif Aquilegia aurea is a rare species from Bulgaria, where it is found in the Pirin Mountains, with lovely pale yellow flowers.
invisible.gif Aquilegia barnebyi is from Colorado at 2300 m. It has peach-coloured sepals and yellow petals, a most attractive combination.
invisible.gif Aquilegia bertolonii is a fine plant for the rock garden with lots of blue (slightly purplish) spurred flowers. It comes from southern Europe.
invisible.gif Aquilegia buergeriana is a compact, clump-forming perennial whose slender, erect stems bear maroon and yellow flowers.
aquilegia_little_lanterns.jpg Aquilegia canadensis is a medium sized woodland species from eastern parts of the US as well as Canada. It has red flowers with yellow centres, or being American, centers.
aquilegia_little_lanterns.jpg Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns' is half the size of the species. The brilliant red lantern-like flowers with yellow corollas have a nodding habit to start with, they then bend upwards to reveal their stamens. Prefers to be in full sun, though will tolerate part-shade, but must be kept moist through the summer.
aquilegia_little_lanterns.jpg Aquilegia canadensis 'Nana' is a dwarf form of this species, with yellow-centred red flowers and quite dark green leaves.
invisible.gif Aquilegia chaplinei is like a miniature version of Aquilegia chrysantha, with long-spurred flowers that are rich yellow. It comes from rocky places in New Mexico and Texas, but can be grown in the UK in a sunny place in well-drained soil.
IMH_9455.jpg Aquilegia coerulea is widespread in the Rocky Mountains, and was selected as the state flower for Colorado. In most forms it has blue sepals with long spurs and white petals.
invisible.gif Aquilegia desertorum is also known as the Desert of Arizona Columbine, and there its striking colour combination of red and yellow attracts hummingbirds. It will flower well over the summer if regularly dead-headed.
invisible.gif Aquilegia discolor is a fine plant for the rock garden with lots of blue flowers with white centres, and short, slightly hooked spurs.
aquilegia_flabellata_white_jewel.jpg Aquilegia flabellata f. alba 'White Jewel' is effectively a selection of Aquilegia flabellata 'Nana', with pure white flowers, held just above the clump of slightly glaucous foliage. Excellent for a rock garden.
aquilegia_flabellata_pumila.jpg Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila is a reliable plant for the rock garden soon giving masses of flowers on short stems. It has blue flowers with white centres. Originally from Japan.
invisible.gif Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila f. alba is a reliable plant for the rock garden soon giving masses of white flowers on short stems. Originally from Japan.
invisible.gif Aquilegia fragrans or moorcroftiana is not yet certainly identified, but the two possible Himalayan species are very similar. Both have creamy white flowers, with a hint of blue on the sepals (the outer 'petals'), more strongly creamy on the true petals (the inner cup). Unusually for this genus, both species are scented.
invisible.gif Aquilegia glandulosa is known as the Siberian Columbine. Although a small aquilegia it produces large blue and white flowers. It's compact size makes it a good plant for the front of beds; containers, and rock gardens.
invisible.gif Aquilegia jonesii is a dwarf alpine species with blue or purple, upturned, short-spurred flowers. Very good for screes or raised beds.
invisible.gif Aquilegia karelini produces numerous intense violet flowers on many branches above neat foliage. It is short-lived (2 - 3 years), but is a prolific self-seeder. Needs to be cut back severely after flowering.
invisible.gif Aquilegia oxysepala var. kansuensis has an unusual colour combination, with a colour somewhere between maroon and purple, but with the central cup pale yellow, and spurs that are curved inwards. The variety kansuensis differs from the parent species only in small technical ways.
invisible.gif Aquilegia pyrenaica dwarf form is low growing with rich purple-blue flowers above mounds of blue-green foliage.
aquilegia_pyrenaica.jpg Aquilegia pyrenaica ex Pic d'Anie is quite a short plant, with deep purply-blue flowers. It is related to Aquilegia alpina, but it distinctly shorter, so is more suitable for the rock garden. This particular collection was made on the Pic d'Anie, a limestone peak in the Pyrenees. Where exactly? I quick search resulted in the latitude and longitude, given to no less than 14 decimal places. That is to about the diameter of a single atom!
aquilegia_rockii2.jpg Aquilegia rockii bears flowers of an unusual dusky purple colour, in an open, loose structure of slender stems. It is refined, elegant, not like some of the very colourful cultivated varieties.
invisible.gif Aquilegia saximontana also known as the Rocky Mountain Columbine so a true alpine aquilegia. The smooth, blue-green foliage provides a pleasant contrast with flowers which range in colour from pale blue to violet and lavender to cream and tan. Very attractive to bees and butterflies.
invisible.gif Aquilegia scopulorum has lovely lavender-blue to violet flowers with long slender spurs and a creamy white centre. These bob about above a cushion-like mass of blue-green leaves. Ideal plant for a scree or raised alpine bed.
invisible.gif Aquilegia sibirica is a delightful species, with very large, clear blue, short-spurred flowers, with the central part white, shading to blue at the base. The flowers are suspended from arching, spreading stems.
invisible.gif Aquilegia vulgaris has tall stems of lilac-blue flowers, white edged in the centre. A real cottage garden favourite.
invisible.gif Aquilegia vulgaris has tall stems of lilac-blue flowers, white edged in the centre. A real cottage garden favourite.
invisible.gif Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata is a form of Aquilegia caerulea, differing principally in not having long spurs on the flowers, and it is also somewhat shorter. It grows in damp places in open woodland. The flowers are usually deep pink. American.
invisible.gif Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Green Apples' is one of a group of varieties with double flowers and no spurs, which are deemed to look like Clematis flowers. I guess that it must depend on who does the deeming. Anyway, it is unusual, not just because of the form of the flowers, but because they are lime green, at least when they first open, then becoming cream edged with green, and finally creamy white all over. The leaves are a similar shade of green when they are fresh, but they darken on maturing.
invisible.gif Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guiness' has beautiful deep purple flowers with contrasting white corollas and smooth, blue-green foliage.
invisible.gif Aquilegia yabeana has long-spurred flowers of the deepest ink blue, very striking. This form comes from Japan, although the species is also found in Korea and north-east China.