Canadian Columbine is a beautiful, native wildflower found throughout the Eastern half of the United States growing in a variety of soil and light conditions that range from woodland edges to riverbanks.
It blooms in late spring with striking 1.5 inch scarlet and lemon yellow flowers held on long stems.
It was one of the first North American plants to be sent back to Europe. John Tradescant the Elder (d. 1638) was growing it in his Lambeth garden in 1634.
Native Americans prepare infusions from parts of the plant to treat various ailments and pulverised seeds were used as love charms. It's a recipient of an RHS-AGM and is a worthy addition to any partially shaded border.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Moist but well-drained
Full sun, partial shade
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