BLACK COLUMBINE Aquilegia atrata

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This unique columbine has large, nodding black flowers! Columbine plants are easy to grow, and are tolerant to many soils, including poor and dry locations. They will grow in sun or shade. Flowers are held well above the foliage, on strong stems.

Type: Hardy Perennial

Hardiness zones: 3-8

Location: Sun or shade

Note: Ornamental use only. These seeds and plants are poisonous.

Seeds per pack: 5

Germination: Start these seeds right away to preserve viability, no matter the time of year. These seeds benefit from a period of cold. Sow the seeds just under the surface of a sterile seed-start mix, and water in. Then cover them with plastic and place in a fridge for 5-6 weeks. Be sure they stay moist. After the cold stratification period they are then brought back to room temperature for them to germinate. If possible, the best location for sowing in March, April and May, is in cold frame or a cold greenhouse where they will receive the cold period and fluctuating temperatures naturally.


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