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Denver Gold Columbine

Aquilegia chrysantha 'Denver Gold'

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Denver Gold Columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha 'Denver Gold') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Denver Gold Columbine flowers

Denver Gold Columbine flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Denver Gold Columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha 'Denver Gold') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Denver Gold Columbine in bloom

Denver Gold Columbine in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Granny's Bonnet, Crowfoot

Description:

Showy, large golden yellow nodding flowers on slender stems with long, graceful spurs; makes for long lasting cutflowers; good for naturalizing partially shaded areas, also deer resistant

Ornamental Features

Denver Gold Columbine features bold nodding gold bell-shaped flowers with yellow eyes and gold spurs at the ends of the stems from mid spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its ferny compound leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Denver Gold Columbine is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Denver Gold Columbine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Denver Gold Columbine will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 6 years.

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Denver Gold Columbine is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features

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