• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Nora Barlow' (Barlow Series) (d)

Columbine 'Nora Barlow'

Columbine 'Nora Barlow'

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names Columbine 'Nora Barlow'

  • Synonyms Aquilegia hybrid 'Nora Barlow'
    Aquilegia vulgaris 'Nora Barlow'

  • Genus 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

  • Family Ranunculaceae / Ranunculaceae

  • Species 'Nora Barlow' is an erect plant to 80cm, with divided, dark green leaves and nodding, spurless, double flowers 2-3cm in width, composed of many narrow, dull deep pink and pale green petals

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming

  • Toxicity Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand, Clay

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame as soon as seed is ripe or in spring. It can also be propagated by division in spring but the plant will be slow to recover

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers Low Maintenance Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Cut back foliage affected by fungal diseases

Pests Prone to aphids, leaf miners, sawflies and caterpillars

Diseases May be infected by powdery mildews

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