Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns'
Wild Columbine

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Butterfly FriendlyDeer ResistantPart ShadeBird Friendly
Wild Columbine
Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns'

'Little Lanterns' is a compact columbine that only grows 10" tall. Deep red and yellow nodding flowers top blue-green foliage for many weeks in spring. This is a good choice for shade gardens, woodland gardens, rock gardens and naturalized areas.

Attracts butterflies, bumblebees and hummingbirds
Flowers for an extended period of time in spring
Thrives in sun or shade; will self sow and naturalize
Finches and buntings eat the seed
Deer and rabbit resistant
Resists leaf miner

Native Range

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

USDA Distribution Map

Interesting Facts

Aquilegia canadensis is the larval host for the Columbine Duskywing butterfly(Erynnis lucilius). Pollinated by hummingbirds, which depend on Wild Columbine as an important source of early season nectar. An old-fashioned garden plant, wild 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 heavy, poorly drained ones. Will grow in rocky, dry soil in shaded areas and on slopes. Keep soils uniformly moist after bloom to prevent the foliage from dying back. 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 8-12in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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