Aquilegia viridiflora is elegant, charming and choice.
It produces delicate sprays of very sweetly perfumed flowers, with green skirts and intriguing chocolate-brown centres. Hence the common name of Chocolate Soldiers.
And sprays of these charming chocolate flowers are produced from late spring onwards.
Aquilegia viridiflora is a neat and compact plant, with dainty grey-green foliage which sets off the chocolate flowers perfectly.
So it is perfect for the front of the border, under roses, or in pots.
Dainty look but tough & easy to grow
Aquilegia viridiflora is actually a hardy and tough survivor, so don’t let the dainty good looks fool you.
And once settled in, your Chocolate Soldiers should self-sow some extra babies each year as well as remining as an evergreen perennial clump.
So they can create drifts of elegant plants under trees and shrubs, with little further help from you.
Water-wise & resilient
Chocolate Soldiers bloom profusely during spring and early summer, and they are such easy growing, unfussy plants.
So you can plant them in a wide variety of positions, from Full Sun, to Partial Shade, and in Full Shade as well.
Where they are water-wise and resilient with little to no further maintenance needed.
An annual trim off after blooming is perhaps all you can find to do.
Volunteers to make graceful drifts
Aquilegia viridiflora is a frost hardy, evergreen perennial plant.
And it will also supply new babies each year by self-sowing in the garden and creating graceful drifts.
These little volunteer babies are easy to transplant to new areas, share with friends, or weed out if surplus to requirements.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Aquilegia viridiflora seed can be sown indoors at any time, or scattered directly in the garden during autumn or early spring.
Sow the seed onto the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Now pat gently to ensure the seeds have good contact with the surface.
Then cover with sieved mix / washed sand / or fine grit to a depth of the seeds diameter.
Now thoroughly moisten the sown punnet by standing it in a shallow water bath.
So the moisture percolates through to the top from the bottom.
Then place the moist, sown punnet in a warm, well lit position (light helps germination of these seeds).
You can use a heat mat to speed germination if you have one, but it is not essential.
Temperatures of 15-20 degrees C. are best for rapid and optimum germination.
Seeds germinate in 2 to 4 weeks approx.
Then transplant seedlings into small pots until large enough to plant out in the garden.
If sown directly into ground seed may not germinate until its dormancy is broken by a period of chilling (Winter) so late autumn or early autumn sowings are most successful.
SEED COUNT: 15 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).