Aquilegia canadensis 'Corbett'
Wild Columbine

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Deer ResistantPart ShadeBird Friendly

Wild Columbine
Aquilegia canadensis 'Corbett'

 - Plant listed for information only. Not currently being sold at Garden Centers

Versatile and easy to grow, 'Corbett' is a charming selection of our native Columbine with delicate, light yellow flowers. More compact than the species, 'Corbett' is about a foot tall and heavily branched, sporting many flowers on a single plant. Though native to rocky woods and slopes, wild columbine thrives in average or even moist garden conditions. Hummingbirds love it! Self sows readily where happy.

  • Nectar attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Seed attracts finches and buntings
  • Provides early spring color and nectar
  • Host plant for columbine Duskywing
  • Resists leaf miner

Native Range

Ledges, woods, and cliffs; Quebec to Manitoba south to Texas and Florida.

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)

Interesting Facts


Pollinated by hummingbirds that depend on Wild Columbine as an important source of early-season nectar. An old-fashioned garden plant, columbine has been cultivated in Europe and America since the mid-1600s. Native Americans used infusions from different parts of the plant for a variety of ailments including a wash for poison-ivy. When pulverized, the seeds were rubbed on the hands by Native American men as a love charm.




Grows easily in full sun to part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils except for heavy, poorly drained ones. Will grow in rocky, dry soil in shaded areas and on slopes. If foliage deteriorates, cut plants to the ground. Fresh new foliage will emerge and look good all season. Collect dried seed pods and sow them where you want more plants or simply let the plants self-sow.


Mature Size: 8-12in. Tall x 10-12in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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