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'Calimero' blooms steadily through June

Flowers are an attractive purple and yellow

'Calimero' keeps its compact form

'Calimero' blooms a second time later in summer

'Calimero' Columbine
Aquilegia buergeriana 'Calimero'


A dwarf Columbine, ‘Calimero’ forms compact mounds of foliage with a proliferation of purple blooms with pale yellow tube-shaped corollas. Supposedly hardy only to Zone 7, 'Calimero' has grown well for at least two seasons in our Zone 5. It blooms in May and lasts into June, then blooms again in late July into August.

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Form or Habit: rounded/mounded

Plant Use: Rock gardens, front of the border, in containers

Light Requirement: full sun full sun/part shade

Flower Color:
Bloom Period:
late spring
early summer
Height: Minimum: 6 inches      Maximum: 12 inches

Width: Minimum: 6 inches     Maximum: 12 inches

Foliage Texture: medium

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

Water Requirements: average

Additional Comments: Frist introduced by Jelitto in 2000, this dwarf variety is named after an Italian cartoon character, Calimero, a baby chicken who explored the world with half an egg shell on his head.

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