Aquilegia alpina

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Alpine Columbine is also referred to as Breath Of God. It is often found growing in the wild on carbonate bedrock. The solid dark blue bell-shaped flowers are very showy. It will self-seed if the flowers are left on the plant.

Type: Hardy perennial

Hardiness zones: 3-8

Height: 50cm, 20"

Location: Sun or shade

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

Seeds per pack: 20

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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