Columbine McKana's Giant Mix

 

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With brightly-colored flowers that bloom over delicate foliage, these plants brighten the late spring garden/early summer garden. (Aquilegia)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Plants for Small Spaces
Plants for Small Spaces
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 28-30" tall, 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Size Bag of 3
SKU 18PER3

Plant Information

These are the garden columbines. Like the Russell Lupines and other definitive groups of perennials, the McKana Columbines have never been surpassed. With clear, bright-colored flowers, these are sizable plants, growing up to 32" or more. Their show in the garden can be truly spectacular. These famous flowers were bred by combining both the North American native columbines with others from abroad. The McKanas include the famous all-red Crimson Star, a major hummingbird plant, and some of the unique fully-double hybrids.

The Wild Columbines Many people think columbines are the loveliest flowers of all, and they are certainly important in the wildflower world. Many important species are North American natives. Everyone in the Northeast loves the Wild Eastern Columbine, the beautiful smallish red one, Aquilegia canadensis, and of course, everyone in the Rockies loves the State Flower of Colorado, the large, blue Colorado Columbine, A. caerulea. There are important species native to Europe and Japan as well.

SKU 18PER3
Common Name Columbine
Botanical Name Aquilegia
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Mixed
Mature Height 28-30" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Color Green
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Plants for Small Spaces
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Shipping

Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsColumbine McKana's Giant Mix
 
2.6

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate instructions (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (3)
  • Outdoors (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not exactly as shown, but very nice plants

I purchased bare roots last spring and planted them in a mostly-sunny/part-shade garden spot. Nice small green plants came up in the summer. This year they were double the size with tall,...Read complete review

I purchased bare roots last spring and planted them in a mostly-sunny/part-shade garden spot. Nice small green plants came up in the summer. This year they were double the size with tall, lovely spikes of pink or purple flowers - not the plant in the online catalog picture, but a very nice one all the same. Maybe they're some other sort of columbine?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not 1 bare root grew! So disappointing!

Planted these about 2 days after receiving them. Followed the directions that were provided. Nothing grew. Ugh! What a disappointment! Wasted $. Instead, I have something else growing in that spot...Read complete review

Planted these about 2 days after receiving them. Followed the directions that were provided. Nothing grew. Ugh! What a disappointment! Wasted $. Instead, I have something else growing in that spot that I bought at a local nursery. It is doing well.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not exactly as shown, but very nice plants

By 

from Malden MA

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

    I purchased bare roots last spring and planted them in a mostly-sunny/part-shade garden spot. Nice small green plants came up in the summer. This year they were double the size with tall, lovely spikes of pink or purple flowers - not the plant in the online catalog picture, but a very nice one all the same. Maybe they're some other sort of columbine?

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    The deer ate all of mine!

    By 

    from Rogers, AR

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Pretty

    Cons

    • Deer Ate All Of Mine

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

      Used around my garden to help with pollination, but also to deter deer, which sadly, it did not do. Very pretty! I would only recommend for looks.

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      • No
       
      2.0

      Beautiful but spindly

      By 

      from Houston, Texas

      Pros

      • Beautiful flowers

      Cons

      • Most Rotted In Pot After
      • Only Yellow Ones Bloomed
      • Spindley

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

        Only 4 out of 12 started growing. Contacted American Meadows who replaced them right away, no questions asked. I planted these all in pots. In each pot only the yellows came up and so far only 2 have bloomed. The other originals were a mushy mess. Not sure if the replacements will come up or not. I've never grown Columbine before but the pictures of the flowers are beautiful. The yellow flowers are beautiful but much smaller than I expected and the plants are delicate and spindley. After planting I realize these are hard to grow. Guess I will do more research next time.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not 1 bare root grew! So disappointing!

        By 

        from Rhode Island

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Nothing

        Cons

        • Bare Roots Never Grew

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

          Planted these about 2 days after receiving them. Followed the directions that were provided. Nothing grew. Ugh! What a disappointment! Wasted $. Instead, I have something else growing in that spot that I bought at a local nursery. It is doing well.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Disappointed in product

          By 

          from Tillamook, OR

          Pros

            Cons

            • 12 did not grow

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

              I ordered 12 plants, only half of them came up. The two that did bloom had lovely flowers, one per plant. I am disappointed in this product.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              good blooms

              By 

              from Upstate NY

              Pros

              • Bloomed in a few weeks
              • Grew Well
              • Still blooming in August

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

                  Easy to get going right away in my shady garden on edge of forest. Waiting to see them come back next year. They bloom before most of the other summer perrenials.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Colors not as expected

                  By 

                  from sE Alaska

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

                  almost gave just 3 stars, but not fair since our Summer was so rainy! maybe in a better Summer it would have done better. My wild ones did much better. Would not recommend for a wet area but think it would be great in a drier place.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  none of these bloomed

                  By 

                  from Philadelphia, Pa

                  Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

                  never bloomed waste of money

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Columbine McKana Giants Mix

                  By 

                  from Florida

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Bad foliage
                    • Flower production small
                    • Not a good mix variety

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

                      Not a good choice on my part.

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      not happy

                      By 

                      from houston, tx

                      Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

                      didn't grow at all.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Lots of Color

                      By 

                      from Keeseville, NY

                      Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

                      Lovely variety of colors. They brighten an area of the garden that has little other color at that time of spring. They are in a sunny, well drained area, and the foilage is enjoyable even after the flowers are gone.

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Surprise Second Bloom!

                      By 

                      from Keeseville, NY

                      About Me Avid Gardener

                      Pros

                      • Long Bloom Time
                      • Low Maintenance
                      • Vivid Colors

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Cut Flowers
                        • Large Areas

                        Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

                        Beautiful flowers. I was surprised to see a rebloom in August, as I had never seen that in a Columbine. The variety of colors brightens up an area where most of the other flowers will not bloom for another month.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        This one disappointed me.

                        By 

                        from Kandiyohi, MN

                        About Me Getting Started

                        Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

                        The bulbs were healthy looking when they arrived, but nothing ever came up. The rest of the plants and bulbs I ordered grew great. [...]

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Sadly did poorly

                        By 

                        from Rochester, NY

                        About Me Casual Hobbyist

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Short Bloom Time
                          • Slow Growth
                          • Susceptible to Pests

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

                            Compared to other, simple columbines I bought at a local nursery, they did very poorly, though planted in same area, under same conditions. I hope they will do better next year.

                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Look great!

                            By 

                            from Dexter, Mi

                            About Me Avid Gardener

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

                            Within a week of planting, these are growing fast. I believe they will do very well.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Planted today

                            By 

                            from Lakeside, Oregon

                            About Me Avid Gardener

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                            Pros

                            • Accurate Instructions
                            • Healthy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Garden
                              • Outdoors

                              Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

                              All three of the bareroot columbines had healthy roots and showed signs of new growth. So I was able to plant them right into the garden bed when they arrived.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

                              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Columbine Review

                              By 

                              from Marietta, GA

                              About Me Avid Gardener

                              Pros

                              • Accurate Instructions

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Garden
                                • Outdoors

                                Comments about American Meadows Columbine McKana's Giant Mix:

                                they are coming up stronger yeear 2

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                                To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                                • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
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