Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates wide range of soils except heavy, poorly drained ones. Prefers rich, moist soils with light to moderate shade. Remove flowering stems after bloom to encourage additional bloom. Keep soils uniformly moist after bloom to prolong attractive foliage appearance. When foliage depreciates, plants may be cut to the ground.
This columbine cultivar features nodding, short-spurred, sweetly fragrant flowers with chocolate-purple petals, green sepals, yellowish-green stamens/anthers and brown spurs. Blooms in spring. Biternate, almost fern-like, bluish green foliage is somewhat suggestive of meadow rue (Thalictrum). Typically grows to 12" tall.
Susceptible to leaf miner. Foliage usually declines by mid-summer at which point it should be cut to the ground.
Border fronts, rock gardens or cottage gardens.