'Annual' Coming Back For Round 2?

schleckbaum(9)June 7, 2010

I'm in the Bay Area and I have a columbine that put up a great display this Spring. Well, things ran their course and the columbine eventually began to look worse for wear. I thought the season was over for it but I just noticed new growth at the base of the plant.

I'm thinking the mild weather in the Bay Area tricked the plant into thinking it's spring again... anyone know if it's possible for a columbine (or other annuals) to come back for a second round within the same season?


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Do you mean western columbine?
Mine are still going very strong, lots of new buds and its been 100 here past few days. Mine last all summer but only get morning sun.

I do think the cooler weather up there has possible extended their season, but shouldn't have been dieing off already anyway.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 11:31PM
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Aquilegia hybrids, COLUMBINES, technically are perennials. They really don't like our hot dry summers here in California so we treat them as cool-season annuals.

But occasionally, when conditions are right, they linger on or rebound.

Lucky you.


    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 11:58PM
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Whatever it was, the plant just fell apart a couple weeks ago... basically dried up and looked done for the season. I had been trimming the spent flowers to extend the life of the flowering period, but mine are in a container which might account for the difference(?).

The odd part was the new flush of growth from the base of the plant... maybe it's commonplace but I had never seen it before.

If it's still growing then I might try and squeeze in a repot in the next few weeks.


    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 11:59PM
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Well perhaps it all drying up it had energy to put out new growth.
If you let the spent flowers go to seed before deadheading they will come up next year.
By September mine start to die off but come back every spring and this year I have several new plants/volunteers from the seeds.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2010 at 12:08AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

I've had one come back for 7 years now. If you find the right spot, somewhere the soil is heavily shaded in winter, you might have a chance.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2010 at 11:11AM
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wanda(Z9 CA)

They've always been perennial for me in San Jose. I cut the flower stalk off when it's done, and they will grow new basal foliage and give me a second bloom, although not as showy as the first bloom. Or...you can let them go to seed and get new plants next season. They reseed easily, although if you have mixed colors, you may end up with "muddy" colors.


    Bookmark   June 8, 2010 at 12:25PM
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