Winky Red And White Columbine
Aquilegia 'Winky Red And White'
Winky Red And White Columbine flowers
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Height: 18 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 2a
Other Names: Granny's Bonnet, Crowfoot
Group/Class: Winky Series
Striking, upward facing, red and white double blooms rise over the medium green delicate foliage; a wonderful addition to border edges or massed in the garden; reportedly mildew resistant; will self seed
Winky Red And White Columbine features showy red bell-shaped flowers with white overtones and buttery yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer, which emerge from distinctive burgundy flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its lobed compound leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Winky Red And White Columbine is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Winky Red And White Columbine is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Winky Red And White Columbine will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.
This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Winky Red And White Columbine is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.