Commonly found in moist, woody areas of the Pacific Northwest, this eye-catching wildflower is sure to attract the attention of hummingbirds, Sphinx moths and butterflies. Easy to grow, Sitka Columbine (Aquilegia formosa) prefers moist areas that receive partial to full sun. If allowed, will cross with other columbine species to create a variety of colors. (Perennial)
Bright red and yellow flowers are rich with nectar and held high on delicate stalks.
Height: 18 to 48″ tall.
Zone: 3 – 9
Bloom Time: May – June
Rate: 1 oz/ 60 square feet
The ideal time to plant wildflowers is either in the spring (one month prior to date of last hard freeze) or late fall (after October).
For even distribution, combine with clean, dry sand at a ratio of 4:1 (sand to seed) and scatter by hand or mechanical spreader. Gently rake over the area covering to a depth of 1/8 to 1/4 inch or 2-3 times the seed diameter. Keep moist for 4-6 weeks to ensure the best germination.
Spring – Prior to planting you must break the plant’s natural dormancy. Place seed in a small plastic bag filled with moist peat moss and store in a refrigerator for two weeks prior to planting.
Fall – No special treatment is required (see planting instructions).