Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Ruby Port'
- available to order from summer
- 9cm pot
This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: May to June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Fully double, deep maroon, nodding flowers sit on top of stiffly upright stems from early summer. The rich colour of this columbine works well with other ‘bruised’ tones, sulphur yellows and acid greens.
- Garden care: Lift and divide large clumps in early spring and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost around the plant. Divided specimens may take some time to establish since they don't like having their roots disturbed.