Winky Purple & White Columbine

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Load up on gorgeous flowers to start off the season! Spring-blooming Winky Purple & White Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris 'Winky Purple & White') delivers a huge impact for many, many weeks! Perky purple and white blooms face straight up...a rare and welcome feat for these beloved wildflowers!

Hummingbirds adore these special blooms with nutritious nectar held in the knobby-spurred sepals. Watch as they visit time and time again! Their upright habit makes it far easier to study the intricate, open petals with showy white margins. Grow plenty to use as cut flowers where they'll last for weeks in arrangements indoors! Try a sweet, single bloom in a cut crystal bud vase to delight your indoor tablescapes.

This improved cultivar features a nice, compact mound of deeply lobed, compound foliage. Medium green leaves set off the pretty blooms to perfection, without growing out of bounds. Surprisingly versatile, Winky Purple & White Columbine makes a charming display year after year. Don't be surprised to see them self-seed in new spots here and there in your yard. We say... enjoy the gift from Mother Nature! Or, pot the seedlings up as a May Day present, if you prefer!

Planting and Application:

Let Winky Purple & White shine in a modern Cottage Garden or formal perennial borders! Their deliciously rich purple hues add a sophisticated touch to your spring landscape. Plant them en masse to make the most of their charming good looks!

Have fun with these special plants. They work at the edge of garden borders and in Rock Gardens, with a tidy mound of fine-textured foliage and purple blooms fit for a Fairy Princess. No wonder kids are drawn to these beautiful blooms! Surprise them in spring with delightfully unexpected plantings.

Columbine needs a partner plant to pass the baton by mid-summer and their delicate leaves can die back in the face of the peak summer sun. Plant Coneflower, Butterfly Bush, or Baptisia nearby to take over for summertime blooms. Create amusing vignettes with stone frogs, Fairy statues, or gazing balls. Plant in "found objects" like a pair of old garden boots or vintage kitchen sinks that have holes drilled for drainage.

Plant them around the corner, just out of sight. Tuck them here and there along a wayward garden path, and let your garden visitors "discover" them with glee!

They make a great addition to Cutting Gardens! You'll also be pleased if you plant them near your fruiting bushes in a Victory Garden to entice pollinators. In a small space garden, create a narrow planting bed for Winky blooms to play around in, or pot them up in container gardens as lovely accents and lacy filler!

  • Beautiful Wildflower Cultivar
  • Snowy, White-Tipped Petals With Rich Purple Elongated Sepals
  • Unique Bloom Face Upright
  • Incredible Hummingbird Resource & Butterflies Love Them, Too
  • Long-Lasting Flowers Look Great for Many Weeks
  • Finely Cut, Mounded Foliage
  • Gorgeous Edging & Accents, Containers, Bed & Border Specimens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

While they may look tender and delicate...Columbine is actually quite a rugged perennial! Enjoy these incredible flowering perennials in rich, well-drained soil. This durable variety can happily grow in full sun or partial shade and is well-known for its ability to resist powdery mildew and leaf miners. They won't tolerate standing water, so if your planting site stays soggy a long time after rain...create a raised bed for planting.

Support all your plants their whole life long with Nature Hills Root Booster. Give their tiny feeder roots a symbiotic relationship with long-lasting mycorrhizal fungus to access water and micronutrients from the soil. Winky likes mulch over the roots, but please pull it back away from touching the top of the crown. Give them water on a consistent basis. If you prefer, you can Deadhead the flowers, then trim back the foliage in either late summer or late autumn.

  • Carefree & Easy to Grow in Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Well-Drained Soil & Regular Moisture
  • Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Deadhead After Flowers Fade & Prune Late Autumn
  • Deer & Rabbits Don't Relish the Taste
  • Extremely Cold Hardy, Versatile & Resists Powdery Mildew

Life is short! Celebrate it with the graceful drama and easy-peasy nature of Winky Purple & Wild Columbine. Order yours today from Nature Hills and we'll ship at the right time for planting in your area.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Winky Purple & White Columbine Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Aquilegia vulgaris 'Winky Purple & White'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 12 - 15 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 15 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Purple & White
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn