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Aquilegia vulgaris William Guinness

Plant information taken from Crocus website

Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
Rate of growth: average
Flowering period: May and June
Hardiness: fully hardy

Eyecatching, purple-black flowers with contrasting white centres appear in late spring and early summer above fern-like, mid-green leaves. The unusual flowers of this old-fashioned columbine look equally at home in a cottage garden setting or in a more modern scheme with ornamental grasses. Although it is short lived, given well-drained, moisture retentive soil, this plant self seeds freely.

Garden care: Lift and divide large clumps in early spring and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost around the plant. Divided specimens may take some time to establish since they dont like having their roots disturbed. Contact with the sap may cause skin irritation.

Purchased from Sandon Hall plant fair 2014

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