Chocolate Soldier Columbine
The nodding blooms feature green sepals, purple/brown corollas, yellow centers, and short brown spurs.
The foliage dresses up the plant nicely all season, with biternate, fern-like blue green leaves that resemble Meadow Rue (Thalictrum). These dainty perennials quickly reach their full size of 1 foot high and wide, setting their sweetly scented blooms from April to May. After the bloom show, the foliage dies back in the summer. Keeping the soil evenly moist will prolong the season of beauty before the leaves succumb to the heat. Once the plant goes dormant, prune it back severely, and it will pop back up next spring.
Since its introduction in 1902, this incredible Columbine has become a charming fixture of many borders, cottage gardens, and rock gardens. This species is sometimes referred to as Granny's Bonnet thanks to the unusual shape of the blooms. 'Chocolate Soldier' boasts green sepals and purple/brown corollas for a particularly stylish appearance. These fragrant blooms are excellent cut and used in dried flower bouquets.Aquilegia is easy to grow: it tolerates a wide range of soil and light conditions, although it thrives best in rich, moist, well-drained soils with a bit of afternoon shade. Remove the flowering stems after the blooms are spent to encourage re-bloom. Zones 3 to 8.
|Variety||'Chocolate Soldier '|
|Zone||3 - 8|
|BloomStartToEnd||Mid Spring - Late Spring|
|PlantHeight||8 in - 12 in|
|PlantWidth||8 in - 12 in|
|Bloom Color||Brown, Burgundy, Cream, Dark Yellow, Multi-Color|
|Foliage Color||Medium Green|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor, Sandy|
|Uses||Baskets, Beds, Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Ornamental|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|