Wild columbine is a herbaceous perennial, native to North America. The unusual, spur-shaped, red and yellow flowers hang downward from sparsely branched stems in late spring to early summer. A perfect addition for naturalizing and shady gardens.
This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Buttercup
- Family (botanic) Ranunculaceae
- Tree or plant type Perennial
- Native locale Chicago area, Illinois, North America
- Size range Large plant (more than 24 inches), Medium plant (12-24 inches)
- Light exposure Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily), Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7, Zone 8
- Soil preference Alkaline soil, Dry soil, Sandy soil
- Tolerances Alkaline soil, Occasional drought
- Season of interest early summer, late spring, mid spring
- Flower color and fragrance Orange, Yellow
- Shape or form Upright
- Growth rate Slow