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Eastern Red Columbine Seeds

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One of our most treasured wildflowers. Delicate foliage and strawberry red blooms. Hummingbird favorite. Perennial.

Zones 3 - 8
Ideal Regions
Pacific Northwest
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size Up to 24" tall
Bloom Time Early Summer
Size Packet

Plant Information

Everyone loves columbines, and this is the wild one gardeners love most. Also known as American Columbine, this beauty is native from Canada to Florida all the way west to Texas and the Dakotas.

The flowers are showy, nodding bells of a bright strawberry red with lots of yellow stamens. The foliage is fernlike, like all columbines, and this plant forms neat, short (1 to 2 ft.) clumps that are both tough and durable yet extremely delicate in appearance. The flowers bloom in "late spring," and always attract hummingbirds.

While considered a woodland wildflower, wild columbine often occurs in the wild on open rocky slopes in full baking sun.

Common Name Eastern Red Columbine
Botanical Name Aquilegia canadensis
Seed Life Cycle Perennials
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Red
Mature Height Up to 24" tall
Bloom Time Early Summer
Ships As Seed
Seeds Per Pound 608000
Seeds Per Packet 175
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Native To North America
Native To Most of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Is It Storable? Yes- You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes


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Started seeds inside.


from WI

Comments about American Meadows Eastern Red Columbine Seeds:

I started these inside my portable greenhouse and would place them outside on nice days (to best mimic natural conditions). Knowing that some wildflowers can be difficult to start inside I was patient (as some species did not sprout). Took about 4 wks... I've since started a few more and transplanting multiple plants per cell to one cell each and are doing well thus far. Will permanently transplant into garden soon.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Failed to Germinate


from Oklahoma

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    • Difficult To Use
    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Eastern Red Columbine Seeds:

    I bought two packets of these columbine alongside two packets of Cardinal Seed. After buying columbine from another site and having a sudden frost kill most of the seeds, I decided to start these seeds inside (around 18-20 hours under a UV light, 4-6 in the natural sunlight). I was hoping for a lot of them to sprout, as these are both great plants for hummingbirds and I have a friend who wants to make her yard hummingbird-friendly as well. I put them under a UV light alongside some other plants, and waited... and waited... But nothing. To put it in perspective, I was growing some Forget-Me-Not seeds (a wildflower native to Alaska, that is also a part-shade perennial - so a lot of similarities to these two plants) alongside them. I planted the Forget-Me-Nots two days after the Cardinal Flower and Eastern Columbine, but within three days the Forget-Me-Nots were sprouting. Nearly two weeks have passed, still no sprouts on the Eastern Columbine nor Cardinal Flower. I even bought plant food, and while it made my other flowers and seeds flourish, nothing was seen on the columbine or cardinal flower. I decided to just dump all the soil into a part of my yard I plan on turning into a wildflower prairie, but that was yesterday (so obviously, no results yet). I attempted to contact American Meadows via Email... last Friday.... with no response. I would call them, but I highly prefer Email. Highly disappointed in the product and lack of communication.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


    Got them to grow


    from Greensboro, NC

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        Best Uses

        • Outdoors

        Comments about American Meadows Eastern Red Columbine Seeds:

        I bought some packs of seeds last year and none of them grew. I just threw the seeds everywhere in the fall. I got some this year and made mini greenshouse with a mild carton and regular potting soil and got results. I still have a whole pack and 90% of a second pack. These really like to have shade in the afternoon.

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)




        from Delaware, OH

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        Comments about American Meadows Eastern Red Columbine Seeds:

        I started these plants for my sisters yard. The seeds sprouted quickly and the plants were very robust looking. I can't wait until next year for their first blooming.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


        Eastern Red Columbine Seeds


        from Greensboro,NC


        • Got The Seeds


        • Have To Wait Next Year

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          Comments about American Meadows Eastern Red Columbine Seeds:

          Got the seeds and tossed out onto to a patch I cleared. Unfortunately, I did not do a good job of tilling because a lot of stuff grew. I think I have to next spring to see if anything grows.

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