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    McKana Purple Columbine

    Aquilegia 'McKana Purple'

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    McKana Purple Columbine (Aquilegia 'McKana Purple') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    McKana Purple Columbine flowers

    McKana Purple Columbine flowers

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    Height:  3 feet

    Spread:  18 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  2a

    Other Names:  Granny's Bonnet, Crowfoot

    Group/Class:  McKana Hybrids

    Description:

    With striking bonnet-like flowers in bicolor mixes mostly of violet-purple with various colors, this giant columbine is stately in the garden; great for naturalizing areas and attracting wildlife

    Ornamental Features

    McKana Purple Columbine features showy nodding purple bell-shaped flowers with white overtones, yellow eyes and purple spurs at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its lobed compound leaves remain bluish-green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    McKana Purple Columbine is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

    This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

    • Insects

    McKana Purple Columbine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • Rock/Alpine Gardens
    • Border Edging
    • General Garden Use
    • Groundcover
    • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
    • Container Planting

    Planting & Growing

    McKana Purple Columbine will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

    This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

    McKana Purple Columbine is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

     
     
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    Characteristics
    Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Container 
    Applications
    Flowers  Texture 
    Ornamental Features

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