Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila f. kurilensis ‘Rosea’
DWARF PINK FAN COLUMBINE
Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila f. kurilensis ‘Rosea’ has such a mouth full of a name. for
But don’t let that put you off, because this is a gem, with such delightful flowers on a petite and dainty little plant.
Softest pink skirts with curly spurs and creamy-lemon petticoats
Softest pink skirts with curly spurs and creamy-lemon petticoats, all on a dwarf plant.
Making Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila f. kurilensis ‘Rosea’ (phew what a name) unique and lovely amongst the charming Dwarf Fan Columbines.
Perfect for small gardens & pots
This Dwarf Pink Fan Columbine blooms prolifically from spring into summer.
Above a compact clump of pretty, blue-green scalloped foliage.
So it is perfect for small gardens or containers, where it is decorative year round with a lovely, neat foliage clump as well as the spring-summer flowers.
The soft bluish foliage and the delicate pink and lemon flower colours are a heavenly combination.
Hardy little toughie
Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila f. kurilensis ‘Rosea’ is a very hardy, evergreen perennial, despite it’s dainty size and delicate colouring.
It is actually a very frost and heat hardy little toughie.
And it certainly tolerates some dry in the shade, once established.
Happy in shade or under trees & shrubs
So plant this Dwarf Pink Fan Columbine in Shade to ½ Shade, or even in Sun in cooler climates.
However it’s happiest place is bobbing about under trees and shrubs.
It is by nature a woodland dweller.
Evergreen perennial clump 20cm. High in delightful flower heads x 25cm Wide of pretty blue-green waxy foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Sow any time indoors in a punnet, or scatter directly in garden in autumn and winter.
Aquilegias germinate easily in the garden after winter chilling.
Indoors for early plants: First sow the seeds on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then barely cover the seeds with a fine sprinkling of sieved mix.
But only to a maximum of their own diameter.
Because these seeds need light to germinate.
Thoroughly moisten by standing the punnet in a shallow water bath and allowing the water to percolate to the surface of the mix from below.
Seeds enjoy gentle warmth
Now place in a warm, well-lit position (Not in any direct sunlight).
Temperatures of 15- 20C. are ideal for rapid and optimum germination.
You can use a heat mat if you have one, but it is not essential. A warm, sheltered but well-lit window sill or corner will also be fine.
Keep moist but not wet
And continue to keep the sown punnet moist by misting from a spray water bottle.
Covering the punnet with a clear lid, plastic bag, or glass will help to maintain consistent moisture and prevent the punnet from drying out.
Seedlings may begin emerging as soon as 10 days. But germination of the seeds will be staggered, as this plant in the wild likes to give every chance that some seeds will emerge into favourable weather.
So do not discard the punnet too quickly because seeds will continue to emerge over a period of time.
However if there is no germination in 4 weeks – Then it means the seeds have entered natural dormancy, and need a period of chilling to simulate winter.
So wrap the moist, sown punnet punnet in cling-wrap and keep in fridge (not freezer) for 4-6 weeks.
The remove from fridge, unwrap, moisten again.
And return to a warm well-lit place at 15-20C for germination.
Seedlings may begin emerging as soon as 10 days. But do not discard punnet as seeds will continue to germinate for up to 30-90 days.
Seed Count: 25 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count and give a generous serve).
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