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Columbine McKana's Giant Mix

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

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Details:

Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Size: 28-30" tall, 12-18" wide
Light: Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
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
Estimated 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 Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Cut Flowers, Borders, Showy Flowers
Ships to Canada No
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Description
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.

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Reviews

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Columbine McKana Giants Mix
 
2.5

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

47%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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      Best Uses

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

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Planted today

        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.

        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.

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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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        1.0

        The deer ate all of mine!

        By sunnygardnergirl

        from Rogers, AR

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Pretty

        Cons

        • Deer Ate All Of Mine

        Best Uses

          Comments about Columbine McKana Giants 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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          2.0

          Beautiful but spindly

          By Harleyridingirl

          from Houston, Texas

          Pros

          • Beautiful flowers

          Cons

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

          Best Uses

            Comments about Columbine McKana Giants 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 CurlyGirly

            from Rhode Island

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Nothing

            Cons

            • Bare Roots Never Grew

            Best Uses

              Comments about Columbine McKana Giants 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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Disappointed in product

              By Jeanne

              from Tillamook, OR

              Pros

                Cons

                • 12 did not grow

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Columbine McKana Giants 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 Jeanne

                  from Upstate NY

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Columbine McKana Giants 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 Snowbird

                      from sE Alaska

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Comments about Columbine McKana Giants 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 Val

                      from Philadelphia, Pa

                      Comments about Columbine McKana Giants Mix:

                      never bloomed waste of money

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Columbine McKana Giants Mix

                      By Florida Gardener

                      from Florida

                      Pros

                        Cons

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

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Columbine McKana Giants Mix:

                          Not a good choice on my part.

                          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          not happy

                          By gbaby

                          from houston, tx

                          Comments about Columbine McKana Giants Mix:

                          didn't grow at all.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Lots of Color

                          By The Gardening "Cat"

                          from Keeseville, NY

                          Comments about Columbine McKana Giants 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.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Surprise Second Bloom!

                          By Catherine the Creator

                          from Keeseville, NY

                          About Me Avid Gardener

                          Pros

                          • Long Bloom Time
                          • Low Maintenance
                          • Vivid Colors

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Cut Flowers
                            • Large Areas

                            Comments about Columbine McKana Giants 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 Carmen

                            from Kandiyohi, MN

                            About Me Getting Started

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Columbine McKana Giants 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 AF

                                  from Rochester, NY

                                  About Me Casual Hobbyist

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Short Bloom Time
                                    • Slow Growth
                                    • Susceptible to Pests

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Columbine McKana Giants 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.

                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Look great!

                                      By Charlie

                                      from Dexter, Mi

                                      About Me Avid Gardener

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

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                                            Comments about Columbine McKana Giants 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 qbmia

                                            from Lakeside, Oregon

                                            About Me Avid Gardener

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

                                            • Accurate Instructions
                                            • Healthy

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Garden
                                              • Outdoors

                                              Comments about Columbine McKana Giants 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

                                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              3.0

                                              Columbine Review

                                              By Carol in Marietta

                                              from Marietta, GA

                                              About Me Avid Gardener

                                              Pros

                                              • Accurate Instructions

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Garden
                                                • Outdoors

                                                Comments about Columbine McKana Giants Mix:

                                                they are coming up stronger yeear 2

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Personal

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