Botanical Name: Aquilegia cultorum
Native: McKana Giants were bred from North American natives and species from abroad.
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 3-9
Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall
Variety Information: 3" or longer spurred blossoms atop thin stems; blue, pink, maroon, purple, and bi-colors
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Spring to early summer
Attributes: Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant
When to Sow Outside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, 6 to 8 weeks before your average first frost date, or when soil temperature is 68°–75°F.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 10 to 12 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 21–25 days
Seed Depth: Surface
Seed Spacing: 3–4 seeds every 12"–24"
Thinning: When 2"–3" tall, thin to 1 every 12"–24"
Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest in the morning, choosing stems with about half the flowers open.