Aquilegia vulgaris William Guinness Columbine Magpie – Popular short spurred, old favorite, with dense clouds of puckered, nodding dark purple almost black petals each being surrounded by white at the petals edge. These distinctive makings have lead to the more recent name of Magpie. These wonderful cut flowers appear in late spring summer & are very effective when planted en masse. A tall clump forming perennial with a bushy nature which has ferny maiden hair like dark green foliage. Enjoys full sun to part shade, not fussy on soil type. Totally frost and dry hardy. Will self seed. 70 cm H x 50 cm W.
Sow Aquilegia seeds August to December or March to April.
In a part shaded location sprinkling seeds straight onto the ground in late-summer. Rake so that the seeds are covered with a small amount of soil. The seeds will germinate by the following spring.
Sow seed on the surface of moist, lightly firmed, seed raising mix . Cover seed with a light sprinkling of vermiculite or mix. Use a plastic lid or seal container inside a polythene bag to keep the moisture in. Keep at 15 to 20°C After sowing, do not exclude light as this helps germination. Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged. Germination is within 2 to 3 weeks. When large enough to handle, transplant seedlings into 7.5cm (3in) and grow on before planting out after all risk of frost has passed Totally frost hardy once established.