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DESCRIPTION: These hardy perennials are found wild throughout North America, Siberia and other northern temperate regions. Aquilegias, or Columbines as they are commonly known, are grown for their beautiful, spurred flowers that are produced during the summer. A. vulgaris has gray-green leaves that are rounded and deeply divided into thin lobes. Its double, funnel-shaped flowers have short spurs and they grow atop thin stems. They consist of many, slender, red-pink petals, which are tipped with pale green. The leaves of A. canadensis are dark green and deeply divided. Its drooping flowers are bell-shaped and they are yellow with long, straight, red spurs. A. alpina produces blue and white flowers. These plants grow from 24 to 30 inches high and spread 20 inches.

17th Jun 2005

Art and Design, Biology, Science

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Columbine, Aquilegia, Royal Horticultural Society, Chelsea Flower Show, flowers

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