Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Ruby Port'

A Chelsea Flower Show favourite, with double flowers in a rich and luscious claret, much admired by garden designers. More
1 x 9cm plant, for autumn planting 200413-1 £4.95 Delivery early November
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A favourite of many garden designers and often seen at Chelsea, this aquilegia produces double, spurless flowers in a rich and luscious claret. It's a very reliable variety which will self-seed, and performs well in dappled shade.

Genus Aquilegia
Group/Species vulgaris stellata
Variety Ruby Port
Type Hardy Perennial, Herbaceous Perennial
Common Name Columbine
Border Position Front, Middle
Soil Type Chalky, Fertile
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 60cm (24in)
Spacing 40cm (16in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant in an area with moist but well-drained soil. Collect seed heads and disperse in the desired areas or if you do not wish to encourage self seeding remove flower heads once they have gone over. Plant in groups of 3 or more. Sprinkle mycorrhizal fungi (Rootgrow) into the base of the planting hole and water well after planting.
Care Tips Cut back leaves in autumn. Aquilegias can self seed in the right conditions, to prevent this cut down after flowering.
Flowering May - June
Harvesting Flower Production 2 months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Ruby Port' reviews

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Reviewed 17th August 2019 by Jane

Didn’t grow, I think it arrived too early.

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Reviewed 5th August 2019 by Brenda

Less attractive than catalogue indicated. Maybe better nest ywear?

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Reviewed 5th August 2019 by Ruth

Great really like this plant

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Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by Jean


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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Avril

Iloved this pretty plant .A good colour

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Arthur

Service was timely and all plants arrived safe and healthy. All plants have performed as advertised and sometimes exceeded their brief.
Delphinium Black knoight shot up to over 8ft and flowered for severqal weeks. Antirrhinum bronze has given colourul blossums which go well with salvia Amstad

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Jan

I was hoping that this would flower this year but it has hardly even grown in size. I’m nurturing it & hoping for great things next year.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Marion

It has been plantedfor a while but hasn’t flowered

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Catherine

The plants arrived well packaged and in good condition.

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Reviewed 5th May 2019 by Frances

Easy to order and delivered on time

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Reviewed 12th October 2018 by Vanessa

Healthy plants, well packaged as always. No flowers this year but lots of growth and pretty purple tinged leaves. We are looking forward to next year when the flowers appear.

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Helen

unfortunately they arrived the day before we got back from holiday so out of the 3 plants 2 are just surviving.

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Reviewed 13th September 2018 by Valerie

The first batch of plants arrived with one almost dead and another followed very quickly, these were replaced without quibble and are now growing strongly although have not flowered this year looking forward to a good display next year.