Aquilegia buergeriana ‘Calimero’
BLACKCURRANT ICE COLUMBINE
Aquilegia buergeriana ‘Calimero’ has the loveliest colouring.
With cream-lemon petticoats and blackcurrant dark ballerina skirts.
And it is a demure dwarf plant, perfectly suited to smaller gardens and planting in pots.
Or planting under lower shrubs and bushes where you want a pretty groundcover.
The Blackcurrant Ice Columbine blooms prolifically from spring into summer.
And it is especially useful for the glorious, unusual colour of course.
So it richly deserves the unusual common name of The Blackcurrant Ice Columbine.
Aquilegia buergeriana ‘Calimero’ forms a hardy, evergreen perennial clump.
It is frost hardy and can tolerate severe frost down to below -20C.
But is also heat hardy.
And can tolerate some dry periods once established.
Particularly when it is given some shade.
So plant Aquilegia buergeriana ‘Calimero’ in Shade to ½ Shade for preference.
Because it naturally dwells amongst trees and shrubs or on the edge of scrub clearings.
However it can tolerate Full Sun in cooler climates. Particularly if it is well mulched for the summer.
Perennial clump approx. 15-20cm. High in long spurred flower x 25-30cm. Wide attractive foliage clump.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Sow Aquilegia at any time indoors in punnets, or scatter directly in garden in autumn and winter.
Aquilegias germinate easily in the garden after winter chilling.
INDOORS: Sow the seeds in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Because these seeds need light to germinate, so barely cover the seeds with sieved mix.
Now thoroughly moisten the sown punnet.
And place in a warm, well-lit position (not in any direct sun).
Temperatures of 15- 20C. are ideal for rapid and optimum germination.
Now continue to keep moist by misting with a spray water bottle.
Seeds germinate in 10-30 days.
However if there is no germination in 4 weeks, then it means the seeds have entered their natural dormancy.
So cling-wrap the moist, sown punnet and keep it in fridge (not freezer) for 4-6 weeks.
Then return to the well-lit position at 15-20C.
Seedlings may begin to germinate in 10 days.
But do not discard the punnet as some seeds will continue to germinate for up to 30-90 days.
And this is perfectly natural for this plant.
SEED COUNT: 35 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count and give a generous serve).
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