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bunnybowbunnybow Posts: 3

For 20 plus years I have had aquilegia propagating in my garden, from some original seeds given to me by a friend from her garden. They have become a joyous array of colour without any interference from me.  This year I noticed an oddity amongst them and I wondered what variety it might be.  I am adding photos to see if anyone can give me some information regarding this please.



  • Hortum-cretaeHortum-cretae Posts: 979

    They are lovely things, aren't they?  It's just a hybrid, a chance variation from seed, the result of pollen brought in from a plant somewhere else by a mischievous bee.


  • bunnybowbunnybow Posts: 3

    Thank you so much for your reply. I love the idea of a mischievous bee, it has given me such pleasure in a charmingly simply flower.  You are so right, they are lovely and a joy.  The bees are having a great time collecting at the moment so maybe I will be lucky enough to get a few other odd hybrids.  I shall just enjoy them from now on and not puzzle any more. Thank you again.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,678

    That open type flower are described as clematiflora. They are shaped like clematis flowers.  They do not have the spurs on that more usual aquilegias have.

  • Hortum-cretaeHortum-cretae Posts: 979

    And there lies the clue to their family - buttercups. An amazing variation among so many garden flowers, anemone, clematis, aquilegia, helleborus, delphinium, aconitum, thalictrum . . . .  Gardens would look bare without buttercups!


  • ladygardener2ladygardener2 Posts: 371

    figetbones thanks for your post about the open type being described as clematiflora. I have some pale lilac ones and they put me in mind of Clematis, it's good to know it's not just me who thinks that.

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