Meet My Coworkers - Wild Red Columbine

July 21, 2017

By: Barb Holtz

When I'm presented an order to fill, a list of genus and species meets my eyes. Some blends offered by Ohio Prairie Nursery are "standards" developed and designed by our Prairie Guys. Whenever the Woodland Edge Native Seed Mix comes across my table, I know I'll be dipping into a shiny, black mass of Wild Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) seeds. 

These tiny, dark as a moonless night beads are stunning to a plant nerd like me. Their sheen reminiscent of the black patent-leather shoes I had as a kid. I often picture them set into jewelry, catching the light at every turn. No wonder this attractive seed gives way to an equally attractive bloom. Following flower, the fruit is busting with seed, just waiting to mature and exit the top follicle like pepper out of a shaker.

Wild Red Columbine seeds are partial to moist, well-drained soil and dappled sun. Wild Red Columbine readily self-sows in the late spring/early summer allowing seeds to overwinter, something they need in order to sprout.  If purchasing seeds, wait to sow until late fall or late winter for best results. (Please note that Wild Red Columbine is currently only available in our Mesic Woodland Edge Seed Mix and Mesic Woodland Edge Seed Packet.)

Seeds may seem like only a means to a garden end. But seeds deserve props for the job they do. So, when you stop and smell the flowers, give a seed a glance as well.

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Delicate, hanging urns of nectar just waiting for a bee or butterfly to sip.
Shiny, jet black seed beads that remind me of onyx.