Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Queen'
This later-flowering lemon, will-o'-the-wisp aquilegia, has swept-back spurs and fragrance - find it a warm sheltered position where it gets afternoon sun so that the fragrance travels
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May-June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Bright lemon yellow, upward-facing flowers with long spurs that flare out behind appear in early summer on tall stems above clumps of ferny bluish-green foliage. The flowers are good for cutting, are fragrant, and attract butterflies. This is a short-lived but easy-to-grow perennial that will self-seed freely.
- Garden care: Sow seeds in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe or in spring, but they may be different to the parent plant. Best to leave to naturalise as they dislike root disturbance, but large clumps can be lifted and divided in early spring. Contact with the sap may cause irritation.
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