Common Columbine

Common Name: Common Columbine

Scientific Name: Aquilegia vulgaris

Family: Ranunculaceae

Habitat: Woodlands, Rocky ledges, Along rivers

Native: No

Life Cycle: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring

Height: Up to 3 feet

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Average, Well drained

Pollinators: Bees, Butterflies, Birds

Description: Common Columbine, which is native to Europe and has naturalized in parts of the United States, is a beautiful perennial that blooms from late spring to early summer. Common Columbine, also known as “Granny’s Bonnet” because of its cap-like shape, can produce flowers that are violet, blue, pink, or white. Common Columbine, which prefers rich soil in partly shady conditions, makes a beautiful addition to any woodland or pollinator garden and attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds! These photos of Common Columbine were taken in the Woodland Garden at Creasey Mahan.