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Audubon Native Columbine and native birds
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Audubon native columbine perennial in the landscape
Native Columbine
Native Regions map for Columbine
House Finch
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Audubon Native Columbine and native birds
Audubon Native Columbine perennial product shot
Audubon native columbine perennial flowers on white
Audubon Native columbine upclose red and yellow flower shot
Audubon native columbine perennial in the landscape
Native Columbine
Native Regions map for Columbine
House Finch
Ruby Throated Hummingbird



  • From mid-spring to early summer, the stunning red and yellow blooms of the Columbine attract a variety of butterflies, hummingbirds and pollinators
  • Dark green, lacy foliage turns a deep maroon color come fall
  • After the blooms are spent, small, shiny black seeds make their appearance
  • Ideal for woodland or native plant gardens, but will also shine in border gardens
  • Typically not bothered by deer or rabbits
  • May Benefit & Attract: Hummingbirds, finches, and buntings
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees and plants are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

    Growth Facts

    • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
    • Mature Height: 2' tall
    • Mature Width: 1' wide
    • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
    • Spacing: 1' apart

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    Why plant Audubon® Native Columbine?

    After a long winter without their perky presence, it’s a joy each spring to see the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds return from their annual sojourn down South. Welcome them back to your garden with Eastern Red Columbine! This jaunty native wildflower starts blooming exactly when the hummers return, its blaze-red petals drawing them near for a closer look. So begins the mutually beneficial dance that has gone on for eons—the birds getting sweet nectar to fuel their frantic flights, and the plants getting pollination. Finches and buntings benefit from Eastern Red Columbine as well—they eat the seeds in late summer and fall.

    Native to most of the eastern U.S. and extending into Canada, Eastern Red Columbine is a well-known and well-loved wildflower. It has been given many pet names, including rock bells, rock lily, honeysuckle, cluckies, and meeting houses (for the resemblance of the spurs to the steeples on meeting houses, or churches). “Columbine” itself comes from the Latin word for dove. To some early Native American tribes, Columbine was thought to be effective as a love potion. To Europeans, however, it inspired other ideas. To give a woman a Columbine bouquet indicated that her husband had been unfaithful!

    How to use Audubon® Native Columbine in the landscape?

    Eastern Red Columbine blooms at the same time as another of our native wildflowers, Woodland Phlox. The two make a pretty pair. Try them together in light shade at the forest’s edge or under a shade tree in your yard.

    Why Bower & Branch?

    We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

    Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

    What is the definition of Native?

    “In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

    Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

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    How To Plant Audubon® Native Columbine

    In the wild, Eastern Red Columbine is adaptable, sometimes clinging to rocky outcroppings, other times making itself at home on the forest floor. In the garden, it is best in moist but well-drained soil and part shade. It’s easy to please. The only issue that may arise is leaf miner, an insect that burrows into the foliage, making telltale trail marks. This is not a serious problem, and it is less common on this species than on others. Red Columbine is typically a short-lived Accent, though it does reseed readily. New plants will pop up here and there, generally flowering in their second year.

    How To Water

    Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

    How To Fertilize

    Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late year. Continue this for three years to get your plant well established.

    How To Prune

    Each fall, just before winter sets in clean up the previous years foliage and compost it. Be sure your perennials are mulched well for winter protection. Two inches of an organic mulch will do the job. Consider leaving the plant debris in place through the winter and doing your clean up on the weather warms in the spring. While it doesn't make things neat and tidy, the debris provides overwintering protection for insects, their eggs and pupae including our native Viceroy butterfly.


    Planting Zones

    Hardiness Zone: 3-8

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    Size Small (AAA), Medium (A2A), and Large (AA) plants (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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