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Aquilegia flabellata - Siebold.&Zucc.

Common Name Fan Columbine, Dwarf Columbine
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA hardiness 3-9
Known Hazards Although no records of toxicity have been seen for this species, it belongs to a family that contains a number of mildly toxic species. It is therefore wise to exercise some caution. The flowers are probably perfectly safe to eat.
Habitats Scrub in the alpine regions of C. and N. Japan.
Range E. Asia - Japan, Korea.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Aquilegia flabellata Fan Columbine, Dwarf Columbine


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Aquilegia flabellata Fan Columbine, Dwarf Columbine
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Summary

Bloom Color: Blue, Lavender, White. Main Bloom Time: Late spring, Mid spring.Form: Rounded.


Physical Characteristics

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Aquilegia flabellata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a slow rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6. It is in flower from April to July, and the seeds ripen from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers  Leaves
Edible Uses: Tea

Leaves - cooked. They must be thoroughly boiled[177]. Caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity. Flowers - raw. Sweet and delightful[172], they make a very attractive addition to mixed salads and can also be used as a thirst-quenching munch in the garden[K]. The flowers are also used as a tea substitute.

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Medicinal Uses

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Parasiticide

None known

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Other Uses

Parasiticide

The seed is used as a parasiticide to rid the hair of lice[172].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Alpine garden, Container, Rock garden, Seashore. Succeeds in ordinary garden soil, preferring a moist but not wet soil and a sunny position[1]. Intolerant of heavy clay[200]. Hardy to about -20°c[187]. The name of this species is based on the cultivated form, the true wild form is A. flabellata pumila. Kudo. There are some named varieties selected for their ornamental value[200]. Most species are short-lived, dying out after 2 - 3 years, though they usually produce seed prolifically[200]. However, they are very apt to hybridize with other members of the genus and so it becomes difficult to keep a species true to type if more than one is grown in the garden[200]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54]. Special Features: Attracts birds, Attractive foliage.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. The seed can be slow to germinate[200]. Stored seed can be sown in late winter in a cold frame. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Division in spring[200].

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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