Alien vs. Predators – Aquilegia scopulorum

When in bud, the long spurred Aquilegia species bring visions of ‘Aliens’ waiting to ambush the ‘Predators’ :-)

Aquilegia scopulorum

Two years ago I lost A. scopulorum I had from Wrightman Alpines; don’t know if because I transplanted it or it was short lived, but luckily I collected a few seeds. The seedlings are just about to flower, and well, maybe they won’t be entirely true to species, but they look very close. I also obtained two variegated seedlings which I hoped in vain will revert to green. I’m not very fond on variegated foliage and so my question is: to keep or not to keep? – that’s a hard one…

Aquilegia scopulorum variegated seedling

Meanwhile, I hope the Predators won’t show up at night….I love my Aliens. I will post an image with the fully open flower in a couple of days.

Thanks to the heat wave, it opened fast – so here it is, the very image of its ‘mama’ :))

Aquilegia scopulorum

6 replies
  1. Tina
    Tina says:

    Haha–it does look like that famous, bloodthirsty stowaway. I have a neighbor who thinks the columbines look like fairies; I’ll choose a comparison to shooting stars, thank you very much.

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Well, how the saying goes – to each its own? :)) There is a big difference when you look at the long spurred North American sp. and all the others.
      A. flabellata ‘Alba’ flowering now has extremely short spurs.

  2. sueturner31
    sueturner31 says:

    My sister hates Aquilegia, I have known her sneek round my garden snapping heads off !!! Me I adore them, I love their diversity, colour, shape, height they have it for me. This one looks so delicate….

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Yes, with Aquilegia there is something for everyone I would say; some of the North American species, like scopulorum, are indeed small size and delicate looking.

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