Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Columbine 'McKana's Giant' mixed
Botanical name: Aquilegia hybrida 'McKana's Giant' Mix (Ranunculaceae)
'McKana Giant' is an extra large flowered Columbine available in a wide assortment of colors. The flowers either face outwards or are nodding. Once the perennial begins blooming flowers can be expected for 4 to 6 weeks. Removing spent flowers helps to encourage new flower growth. McKana Giants large blossoms are good for cutting, but they only last a few days once removed from the plant.
How to grow
Columbines are perfect for the middle of a sunny, moisture retentive border. They attract butterflies and bees. Columbine is also a great choice for rock gardens, naturalizing and they make beautiful accent in a bouquet of cut flowers or arrangements.
Light: Prefers Light Shade, but will grow in the Full Sun with enough water.
Soil: any well-drained soil
USDA Zone: 3-10
Germination: 1-3 months, soil temperature 60-70F
Blooming period: May-June
Note: Columbine seed needs to be chilled for 3 to 4 weeks before it will germinate. Place the entire seed package in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks... then sow as usual.