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Subject: Columbine Flowers
Date Posted: 2/27/2011 1:50 PM ET
Member Since: 1/20/2008
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I have been looking for some perennial flowers that do not require much sun. I found Columbine flowers online. They appear to be easy to grow and care for but I am wondering how fragrant they are and what they smell like. Anyone grow these?

Has anyone smelled these before? Any hints?

I am zone 7

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 4:30 PM ET
Member Since: 2/16/2009
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I grew wild columbine (transplanted from my woods) by my house several years ago.  They do very well in shade but I didn't notice any fragrance.  If I remember correctly they bloom mid-May to early June. I had them with some lilies of the valley and those flowers took care of the fragrance!  Pretty sure I did nothing to help them along, so they are hardy.  I'm in zone 4.

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 4:21 PM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2007
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My mom has some lovely purple ones in her yard - they grow in a shaded area quite well.  They don't have any fragrance, though!

MaryF in KY

Date Posted: 4/30/2011 6:34 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2009
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I have 2 colors planted (around Harrisburg).  They grow very nicely in the shade, but have virtually no fragrance.  They are just for visual interest.  Mine bloomed most of the summer, but I do dead head them.