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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

Flowering, flowering

Everything seems to flower at once in May, either in full sun locations or under the shade cover. Between them all, these two delicately delightful plants, from the finest of North American natives: one flowering in the shady side of the woods and one in my sun exposed rocky containers.

Thalictrum thalictroides (formerly Anemonella thalictroides) – Rue anemone

Thalictrum thalictroides

Thalictrum thalictroides (syn. Anemonella thalictroides) – Rue anemone

Aquilegia scopulorum – Utah Columbine

Aquilegia scopulorumBoth are easy to propagate and cultivate. A. scopulorum is a high altitude columbine, with very long (25-40 mmm), strait spurs, characteristic to almost all NA Aquilegia spp. In the wild habitat it grows on rocky slopes (limestone cobbles); perfect for the rockery, trough or crevice garden. (from Wrigthman Alpines)

Aquilegia scopulorum flower

Hellooo – any long tongue pollinators out there?