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Aquilegia 'Black Barlow'

Intensely dark - a must-have!

The Highlights

    • A must-have plant for high-contrast borders, this so-dark-it's-almost-black variety boasts distinctive pompoms of deepest purple flowers rising from slender stems
    • Begins flowering in April and remains in bloom right up to late July
    • An early flowering, low maintenance perennial which tolerates partial shade and is hardy in even the coldest winters
    • An essential for cottage garden borders - or show it off in pots!
    • Late spring flowering Aquilegia is valuable to early pollinators

Aquilegia 'Black Barlow'

Intensely dark - a must-have!
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The Highlights

    • A must-have plant for high-contrast borders, this so-dark-it's-almost-black variety boasts distinctive pompoms of deepest purple flowers rising from slender stems
    • Begins flowering in April and remains in bloom right up to late July
    • An early flowering, low maintenance perennial which tolerates partial shade and is hardy in even the coldest winters
    • An essential for cottage garden borders - or show it off in pots!
    • Late spring flowering Aquilegia is valuable to early pollinators

Know Your Plant

Supplied as:

Plant in 10.5 cm pot

Height on arrival:

10-30cm

Eventual height:

0.5-1m

Eventual spread:

10-50cm
Spreads approx 10-50cm

Time to first crop:

Flower colour:

Purple
Deepest purple, almost black pompom shaped flowers

Habit:

Bushy/upright
Bushy foliage with tall, upright flower stems

Hardiness:

Fully hardy
H7 - fully hardy down to -20

Rootstock:

Spacing:

10cm
Plant at least 10cm apart to allow for spacing

Care Guide

Good pest and disease resistance

May be targeted by aphids and caterpillars - in both cases, remove them by hand and spray the area with soapy water. To prevent powdery mildews, you should space apart the plants adequately to prevent overcrowding and tight, humid conditions. Water at the base into the soil, not on the leaves, and try to prevent the water splashing off the soil and onto the leaves.

Water well in summer

This plant needs nothing more than rain water throughout most of the year. During hot, prolonged dry periods in summer however, you may have to give the plant a good watering several times a week. If the plant starts to look distressed and the soil around it is very dry, then give the plant some more water and check up on it the next day.

Full sun to partial shade

Aquilegia will thrive in full sun and is a useful plant for shadier areas too

Any fertile, well-drained soil

Aquilegia prefers fertile, well-drained soil but will be fine in any normal well-drained soil. If your soil is particularly poor or clay heavy, add some garden compost with perlite to improve drainage.

Feeding not required

This plant doesn't need feeding - you could add some mulch after pruning if desired. https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0513/3428/3424/files/pruning_3x_4d3eaf73-f629-45e0-87a5-6f14f5f005fc.png?v=1613300718

For more care tips and ideas visit our Knowledge page

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