Aquilegia canadensis 'Pink Lanterns'
Wild Columbine

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

A shorter version of the species, this pink-flowered form of Wild Columbine is delicate and lovely. The soft pastel color brings light to the semi-shade garden and combines beautifully with other early and mid spring plants like Phlox divaricata and Iris cristata.

Attracts butterflies, bumblebees, and hummingbirds
Flowers for an extended period beginning in early spring
Thrives in sun or shade; will self sow and naturalize
Buntings and finches relish the seed
Deer and rabbitresistant
Resists leaf miner

Native Range

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

USDA Distribution Map

Interesting Facts

Aquilegia canadensis 'Pink Lanterns' was discovered by The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, Kansas and introduced by Jelitto in 2007.


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: 10-12in. Tall x 10-12in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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