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Care Instructions for Columbine Plants


  • Sun Requirements: Partial shade to partial sun. Shade prolongs the blooming period.
  • Soil requirements: Well-drained, hummus-enriched soil.
  • Bloom time: Spring to summer.
  • Zones: 3-8

Columbines are among the most delicate and unique winter-hardy flowers. They grow naturally in North American woodlands, and adapt extremely well to a variety of gardening situations! These versatile perennials add beauty to the front of a perennial border, along a pathway in a woodland garden, in a mass planting, or in a butterfly and hummingbird garden.

Soil Preparation
Many varieties prefer soil amended with sand or hummus for drainage.

Columbines prefer a mix of shade and sun. Plant columbine bareroots in spring or early summer, and don't bury the seeds more than an inch.  Select an area with excellent drainage, but be sure to keep plants hydrated until well-established. However, don’t overwater, or the thin stems of your columbine may rot.

Continuing Care
After blooming, deadhead columbines to encourage reblooming and keeps the plants looking neater. Columbines are a fairly short-lived perennial: Most varieties bloom for three to four seasons. However, they do reseed by themselves.