Granny's bonnet

Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Queen'

Granny's bonnet - Aquilegia chrysantha  'Yellow Queen'

Common Name: Granny's bonnet
Genus: Aquilegia
Species: chrysantha
Cultivar: 'Yellow Queen'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting foliage, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Yellow
Foliage Colour: Blue/GreenFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Bright lemon yellow upward-facing flowers with long spurs that flare out behind appear in early summer on on tall stems above clumps of ferny bluish-green foliage. The flowers are good for cutting are fragrant and attract butterflies. This is a short-lived but easy-to-grow perennial that will self-seed freely.

  • Garden care: Sow seeds in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe or in spring but they may be different to the parent plant. Best to leave to naturalise as they dislike root disturbance but large clumps can be lifted and divided in early spring. Contact with the sap may cause irritation. 

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