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'Nora Barlow' in bloom

Growth habit

Foliage is low-growing

Multi-petaled flowers are white with pink

Flower stalks grow tall

'Nora Barlow' Columbine
Aquilegia vulgaris 'Nora Barlow'


An unusual double flower in reddish pink and white with tinges of green that looks nothing like a Columbine. Cups and spurs are absent, replaced by many petals.

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Form or Habit: upright/vertical

Plant Use: Naturalize in semi-shaded woodland areas, or plant in groups in beds and borders, good for cut flowers

Light Requirement: full sun full sun/part shade

Flower Color:
dark red
Bloom Period:
late spring
early summer
Height: Minimum: 24 inches      Maximum: 40 inches

Width: Minimum: 8 inches     Maximum: 40 inches

Foliage Texture: medium

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

Water Requirements: average

Additional Comments: Sometimes listed as a hybrid, other times assigned to the species vulgaris, the cultivar 'Nora Barlow' is named for Charles Darwin's granddaughter. Prefers average well-drained soil.

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