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Other common names
Dwarf fan-shaped columbine
Aquilegia akitensis misapplied Aquilegia fauriei
Aquilegia flabellata var. nana Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila 'Selection' Aquilegia japonica
Aquilegia are clump-forming herbaceous perennials with long-stalked, ternately divided basal leaves and erect, leafy stems bearing bell-shaped flowers with spreading, coloured sepals and petals with spurs, on branched stems
Ranunculaceae / Ranunculaceae
A. flabellata var. pumila is a compact perennial to 15cm in height, with slightly glaucous, divided leaves and 1-3 nodding flowers 3cm in width, with light violet-blue sepals and spurs and creamy-white petals
Toxicity Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset
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Aspect North-facing or East-facing or West-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand, Clay
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Grow in fertile, moist soil in partial shade
Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame as soon as seed is ripe or in spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds
Cut back foliage affected by fungal diseases
Can get aphids, leaf-mining flies and sawflies
May be infected by powdery mildews
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