Botanical Name: Aquilegia vulgaris var stellata pleno Black Barlow
Common Name: Clematis Columbine Black Barlow
Category: Hardy Perennial
Seed Count: 20
Aquilegia vulgaris var stellata pleno Black Barlow, Clematis Columbine Black Barlow: Illustrated in European herbals of the early seventeenth century the Clematis Columbine has been cultivated for over two hundred years. Flowering in late spring to early summer, Aquilegia’s fill the seasonal gap between the last of the spring bulbs and the main flush of summer perennials. ‘Black Barlow’ is one of the more interesting varieties, producing nodding, spur-less, almost spherical heads 2 to 3 cm in width, composed of many narrow, black to deep purplish petals. Enjoys full sun to part shade, good drainage, not fussy on soil type. Great cut flower. Will self seed. 80 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.