Maybe one of the best known North American wildflowers and a wonderful addition to any garden. It can grow in various light conditions from full sun to part shade. Flowers red and yellow, nodding, appear from May to June. A great plant for early pollinators: butterflies and hummingbirds; also bumblebees are accessing the nectar through biting of the spurs.
Plants found growing on rock barrens and shoreline alvars, are smaller in stature and we are offering seeds from such plants separate than seeds collected from woodland plants – see Aquilegia canadensis (w). A percentage of the seedlings will maintain the short height even when grown in garden soil.
Germination: easy after cold-moist stratification or with GA3 treatment just before sowing (soaking the seeds in 500 ppm solution for 24 hours works just fine). Seeds germinate best when sown very superficially, covered only by a thin layer of the seeding substrate.