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Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guinness'

Columbine, Granny's Bonnet, Aquilegia 'Magpie'

Hardy Perennial

What is Hardy Perennial?

A striking variety of Columbine

Unusual colours give the plant the alternative name of Aquilegia 'Magpie'

Black blooms with white corolla

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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").

Height Up to 75cm (30in)
Spread Up to 30cm (12in)

Hardy Perennial

cut flower gardenwildlife gardenscottage gardens

full sunsun or semi shade

Flowering Months
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1 x 1 Litre Potted Plant (63864)
1 x 1 litre Potted Plant (KA4684)

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.
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!

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