For butterflies and bees

Columbine is a hardy perennial plant that dies off above ground in winter, but comes back with rich bloom every year. The plant is easily sown and is therefore ideally suited to either natural or wild gardens. Widely used in English gardens, these striking flowers with their five conspicuously pointed petals and three-lobed leaves bloom from spring to summer.

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Columbine consists of about 120 different species in many different and striking colours, both mono-coloured and multicoloured. A combination of different species of Columbine produces a special mix of flowers in beautiful colours. The most common variety is Aquilegia vulgaris.


Columbine is a symbol of foolishness and unreliability and parts of this plant can be poisonous, so keep an eye out. Aquilegia comes from Latin words meaning water-collecting plant, and may refer to the shape of the petals. Bees and butterflies will be very grateful if you put these nectar-rich flowers in your garden, as it's a real feast for them! The tip of the petal is formed by a honey gland, and no bee can resist.


Columbine is part of the Ranunculaceae family, which also includes Anemone, Clematis, Helleborus and Ranunculus. The plant is native to Europe, Asia and North America and the temperate regions of Asia, both in the mountains and on arable land. Columbine is an increasingly common plant and can be easily found in the wild, often combined with poppies and cornflowers. Perfect for diversity in the plant and animal kingdom!