Flaring dark purple outer petals and spurs dramatize the white-rimmed inner petals of this striking bicolored Columbine. The depth of color, almost black, inspires fascinating design combinations with brighter blossoms and silver or chartreuse foliage. Deadhead to encourage repeat bloom, and refresh the ferny foliage with a midsummer haircut.
Lacy greens and dancing, late-spring blooms characterize these lovely border plants. Columbines make excellent cut flowers if picked when half open. Grow in full sun or partial shade (required in the South and in western Zones 9 and 10) and average garden soil. Propagation is by seed, so color, while quite reliable, cannot be guaranteed.