Renee's imports Mrs. Scott Elliot Columbine from France, where an old firm still grows seed for these old-fashioned beauties.Their large elegant blossoms sway on wand-like stems above a cloud of lacy scalloped green foliage.The intricate flowers with their long graceful spurs are quite magical as they dance in combinations of white with pink, dark lavender, yellow, rose, claret and pale blue. Mrs. Scott Elliot is one of my favorite joys of spring and hummingbirds love them too! Approx. 200 seeds/pack. Mature height 2.5-3 feet.
TO START EARLY INDOORS: In early spring, 6 to 8 weeks before last expected frost date, sow seeds 1 inch apart in seed starting mix. Cover 1/8 inch deep, keep moist and provide a strong light source until seedlings are ready to plant outdoors. Be patient; these small perennial seeds germinate slowly in 14 to 21 days. Once seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant 2 to 3 inches apart into a deeper container so root systems have room to develop. Feed every 2 weeks with half-strength fertilizer. When plants are 2 to 3 inches tall, gradually acclimate to outdoor conditions and plant 12 to 18 inches apart in fertile, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.
TO START OUTDOORS: Sow seeds in fine textured, well-drained soil when danger of frost is past. Space seeds 2 to 3 inches apart, cover 1/4 inch deep and gently firm soil. Keep evenly moist. When seedlings are well-established, thin 12 to 18 inches apart.
GROWING NOTES: Perennial Columbines sown indoors in January will bloom the same year. Seeds sown later, any time until mid-summer, will establish themselves to bloom the following spring. In hot summer areas, plant in partial shade. Where summers are moderate, plant in full sun. Columbines thrive in moist, fertile soil.