OT: Aquilegia

Dennis Kramb dkramb@badbear.com
Sat, 17 Dec 2011 08:08:26 PST
I'm growing a lovely seed strain of Aquilegia called 'Blazing Star' that I
acquired from Plant Delights 5 or 6 years ago.  And my property also hosts
the native Aquilegia canadensis.


I just started trying to investigate/research other Aquilegia species to
add to my collection.  And I am really surprised at how difficult it is.
I'm pretty damn proficient with Google searches, and yet I couldn't find
basic answers about stuff like what species grows closest to the equator,
or is from the mildest climate, or what the natural ranges are (aside from
what was provided on UDSA plants database) for species outside of USA.

I couldn't find an "Aquilegia Society" so there isn't (apparently) a "go
to" website for such information.  And sites specializing in selling
seeds/plants focus on hybrid seed strains (of mostly European origin), and
not really on the species.

I'd love to try Aquilegia brevistyla... but I don''t know if it'd survive
the heat here.  I'd love to try Aquilegia longissima... but I don't know if
it'd survive the cold here.

Anyway I guess one of the reasons my interest was sparked at the onset of
winter, is that my 'Blazing Stars' are so lush and green in spite of the
fact temperatures have dropped into the teens already (Fahrenheit).  How do
they do that?!?

Can any PBSer recommend a good "go to" site for Aquilegia information?
(I'd rather not have to buy a book... not at first.)

Dennis in Cincinnati

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