Aquilegia viridiflora ‘Chocolate Soldier’-Columbine

Aquilegia viridiflora ‘Chocolate Soldier’ on 4-18-12, #87-5.

Green Flowered Columbine

‘Chocolate Soldier’ Columbine

Aquilegia viridiflora 

Ack-wi-LEE-gee-lah  vir-id-uh-FLOR-uh

Synonyms of Aquilegia viridiflora (6) (Updated on 7-30-21): Aquilegia buriatica Peschkovan, Aquilegia canadensis Pall., Aquilegia elata Ledeb., Aquilegia flava Lam., Aquilegia hybrida Sims, Aquilegia lutea Lam.

Aquilegia viridiflora Pall. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Aquilegia. It was first described by Peter (Pyotr) Simon von Pallas in Acta Academiae Scientiarum Imperialis Petropolitani in 1779.

The genus, Aquilegia L., was named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.

Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 129 species in the genus Aquilegia (as of 7-30-21 when I am updating this page) It is a member of the plant family Ranunculaceae with 50 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.

THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING.

Aquilegia viridiflora ‘Chocolate Soldier’ flower on 4-18-12, #87-6.

I brought my ‘Chocolate Soldier’ Columbine home from Lowe’s in the spring of 2012. I was kind of shocked when it flowered because I was expecting something MUCH larger. The leaves are kind of a blueish-green. The whole plant is kind of a miniature Aquilegia. These would be great in mass plantings under light shade or filtered shade. I really liked this plant, but I left it behind when I moved back to Missouri.

USEFUL INFORMATION:
Common Name: Columbine
Family: Ranunculaceae
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Origin: China, Japan, and Russia (Siberia)
Zones: USDA 3-8
Size: Up to 12” tall x 12” wide
Flowers: Chocolaty purple petals with greenish sepals
Bloom Time: April through May
Light: Full sun to part shade. Mine grew in the morning sun and filtered shade in the afternoon.
Water: Medium
Soil: Average, medium moisture, well-drained soil. Prefers a deep, rich soil that is moist but well-drained. They will tolerate a wide range of soils except heavy and poorly drained. Soil should be uniformly moist to keep the foliage attractive.
Maintenance: Low. Remove dead flowers to promote new bloom. The plant should be cut to the ground after flowering and the foliage starts to brown in midsummer.

I enjoyed growing this plant and maybe someday I will find another. I also would like to try other species. They reseed freely and the various species and cultivars will cross-pollinate so on occasion you may be in for a surprise.

I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant.

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS)
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
DAVE’S GARDEN
THE NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION
GARDENIA
ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

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