Aquilegia True Wild Form1

$8.50

Old fashioned cottage garden plant with edible flowers which are good for bees and good for the vase.

Description

Old fashioned cottage garden plant with edible flowers which are good for bees and good for the vase.

  • Botanical Name: Aquilegia vulgaris
  • Plant Family: Ranunculaceae
  • Synonyms: Granny Bonnet, Columbine, European Crowfoot
  • Form: Herb
  • Lifecycle: Perennial
  • Use 1. Edible Flowers: The flowers are sweet and delicious and  are great for decorating cakes and as an addition to salads. Note that the seeds and leaves are toxic, and the flowers eaten in large quantities are possibly toxic but no poisonings are recorded. I have eaten the flowers many times with no ill effects.
  • Use 2. Medicinal: The plant has astringent and diuretic properties but is not much used in modern medicine and should not be used at all without guidance from a professional.
  • Use 3. Bee Plant: Aquilegias produce copious amounts of nectar (hence the sweet tasting flowers!)
  • Use 4. Cut flowers: The flowers last well in a vase and make a beautiful old fashioned posy.
  • Growing Conditions: Occurs naturally in moist part shaded spots and alkaline soils, but will succeed on most soil types and in full sun too.
  • Height: 120cm when in flower
  • Hardiness: Hardy to -30
  • Flowering time:  Spring to early Summer. Flowers may be blue, purple, pink or white.
  • Pollination: Self-fertile
  • Biodiversity value: Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Native to: Europe
  • Food Forest Fit: Herbaceous layer. Great to naturalise in drifts under trees. Self seed and naturally hybridise.
  • Fun Fact: In traditional herbalism aquilegias were considered sacred to Venus; it was said that carrying a posy of them could arouse the affections of a loved one.
  • Pot size: 9cm