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Red Columbine

Red Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis

Featured Plant Category: Pollinator Plants, Rain Gardens

Height: 2 to 4'

Container Size: Quart

Bloom Time: July to August

Bloom Color: Red-Purple

Soil Moisture: Moist to medium

Soil Type: Average, medium, well-drained.

Light Requirements: Full shade

Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8

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Red columbine is an erect plant, growing up to 2 ft. tall, well-known for its drooping bell-shaped flowers. These flowers are shaped in a way that attracts certain bees, butterflies, hawk moths, tongued insects and hummingbirds. It is also the host plant for the Columbine Duskywing. This plant is also attractive to birds (finches and buntings) later in the year, as they eat the seeds. The foliage is interesting by itself as it is semi-evergreen. This plant is moderately deer resistant, and has high heat cold and drought tolerance, making it a superb addition to any garden! A fun fact about this plant is that supposedly Native American men rubbed the crushed seeds on their hands as a love charm, and were used to treat fevers, headaches, and other ailments.


Additional information


2 to 4'

Container Size


Bloom Time

July to August

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Moist to medium

Soil Type

Average, medium, well-drained.

Light Requirements

Full shade

Hardiness Zone


Shipping Information

At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Perennials can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Trees and shrubs can be shipped in bundles up to 4. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants now ships via FedEx. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.