NZH A cottage garden favourite, flowering between spring bulbs and summer perennials. The flower of many names, Aquilegia comes from the Latin word for eagle, as the spurs relate to the eagles talons. Also known as Columbine, from the Latin word meaning dove, and the common name Granny’s Bonnet likens their shape to our grandmother’s bonnets who brought them to this land. A heritage variety with short spurs producing up to 50cm long stems of pink, burgundy, violet and white blooms. A great cut flower, that self-sows readily and is ideal for attracting beneficial insects to the garden in spring, when other flowers are sparse.
This seed requires stratification (a cold period) before they will germinate. To achieve this outdoors, simply scatter sow seeds in prepped ground where you would like them to grow in autumn, and they will germinate in spring. For sowing in trays also do this in autumn, do not cover, as they require light to germinate, prick out to 4 cm spacing in trays and transplant when mature and a good root system has developed. For spring sowing, you must stratify them in the fridge for 3-6 weeks before sowing, place on a moist paper towel placed in a plastic bag, once removed follow either of the above instructions.