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Aquilegia variety

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: 15,851

    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.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • 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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