Columbines no longer flowering?

elissabeeJune 27, 2007

I recently moved to a house with an established rock garden. There are lots of Columbines, the pink/white variety as well as some purples. I'm new to rock gardening and to these plants, but I'm wondering why they've stopped flowering. Should I have deadheaded them? I am asking because my mother's columbines are still flowering beautifully and she's only a few miles away with similar conditions. Also my plants are suffering badly from that pest that makes the squiggly lines on the leaves (the name escapes me). Should I be concerned about that?

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jspece(Josh - z4 IA)

Columbines are a springtime flower. They bloom once a year and that's it. They are finished here in z4 Iowa, so your's are behaving normally. Dead-heading wouldn't have mattered.

The squiggly lines in the leaves are from leaf miners, I believe. They don't seem to cause any harm.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 4:14PM
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Thank you! And I was back at my in-laws' today--her columbines are done now, too.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 8:39PM
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jspece(Josh - z4 IA)

Don't worry...they will return (and likely multiply) next spring!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2007 at 6:59PM
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