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Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guinness'Columbine, Granny's Bonnet, Aquilegia 'Magpie'

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Hardy Perennial
What is Hardy Perennial?
A plant that lives for more than two years.
Capable of withstanding outdoor winter temperatures down to -15C.
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Description How to Grow More Info Delivery
Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guinness' is a striking variety of Columbine. From the shape of its flowers, it is easy to see why it is sometimes dubbed 'Granny's Bonnet', although the black blooms with white corolla are certainly more fashionable than the average pensioner's headwear! Indeed, these unusual colours give the plant the alternative name of Aquilegia 'Magpie' and you will certainly want to collect several of these hardy perennials which are attractive to beneficial garden insects such as bees and butterflies. After it has flowered in the late spring, the green foliage and appealing seedheads of Aquilegia 'William Guinness' remain an attractive addition to sunny or partially shady gardens throughout the season. Height: 75cm (2'6"); Spread: 30cm (1'0").

Cut Flower Garden, Wildlife Gardens, Cottage Gardens


full sun, sun or semi shade

75cm (30in)

30cm (12in)

RHS plants for pollinators

1 Aquilegia Plant In 1 Litre Pot (V65098)
2 Aquilegia Plants In 1 Litre Pots (V65099P)

Flowering Months
In autumn, remove old foliage and apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost to the base of the plant. Lift and divide perennials in autumn every third year to maintain their vigour. Aquilegia seeds freely, though rarely to nuisance level, so you will never be short of new seedlings to fill gaps in borders!
Aquilegia plants thrive in any sunny position on well drained soil. Caution: Contact with Aquilegia sap may irritate the skin and eyes. Columbines are harmful if eaten.


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