The Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine (Aquilegia Caerulea ‘Yellow’) Care Guide

The Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine, otherwise known as the Aquilegia Caerulea ‘Yellow’ or Canadian Columbine, Canada Columbine, Eastern Red columbine, Wild Columbine, is a somewhat well known perennial plant native to the Southeast, Northeast, and the Southwest of the United States.

Best known for its low maintenance and moderate growth, this perennial will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

This is why all the topics you need to know in order to achieve this will be covered in this Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!

In order to take proper care of your Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine you’ll need to keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Water: The Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine prefers constant watering each week and more during the hot season.
  • Light: Keep your Aquilegia Caerulea ‘Yellow’ in an environment where it can receive partial to full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine in soil with moist but well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

And that’s practically it! If you keep these three factors in check, your Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine will likely have all it needs for it to survive and even thrive.

Aquilegia caerulea 'Yellow' plants

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine belongs to the Ranunculaceae family, the genus Aquilegia and the species Canadensis, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Aquilegia Caerulea ‘Yellow’ (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a see-ROO-lee-uh).

As with other Aquilegia’s, the Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine is a herbaceous plant, which means it will die back to the ground every year. 

Growing Region

The Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine is a plant native to the North America. This is why the Aquilegia Caerulea ‘Yellow’ is used to growing in specific regions such as the states in Southeast, Northeast, and the Southwest of the United States.

You might be wondering why your Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine’s native region is important. Well, if you know where your plant originally came from, you’ll know which environment conditions it prefers, and with it, knowledge on how to replicate it at home.

With this in mind, the Aquilegia Caerulea ‘Yellow’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 8 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 3b, 3a, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b.

Growth and Size


In terms of size and growth, the Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.


But what exactly does this mean for your Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine? How large a pot should you consider, how tall, how wide can it get? Let’s jump in…

The Aquilegia Caerulea ‘Yellow’ can grow up to 2′ – 3′ (60cm – 90cm) in 2′ – 3′ (60cm – 90cm) and 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) in 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm). 

These dimensions make the Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine a relatively medium perennial compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.

Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful mounding shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.

This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 12″ – 18″ (30cm – 45cm) free so the Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine can spread to its best extent.


In terms of watering, the Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine is a fairly simple plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Aquilegia Caerulea ‘Yellow’ prefers constant watering each week and more during the hot season.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water. 

Aquilegia caerulea 'Yellow' care


As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine in soil with moist but well-draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, moist, and occasionally dry properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times. 

In our experience, the famous ‘thumb’ or ‘finger’ test is what works best for the Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine since with it, you will be able to give it the right amount of water, every time – regardless of the environment or placement where you do decide to keep it.

Soil Mix

As mentioned earlier, the Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine prefers to have soil with good drainage, moist, and occasionally dry properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

This is why most experts agree that the Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine requires soil with clay, loam (silt), and sand, which will give you the right conditions it needs.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine requires partial to full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this perennial will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Aquilegia Caerulea ‘Yellow’ in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).


Being a herbaceous plant, the Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine will die back to the ground every year. 

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (late), and during the summer (early).


You can expect your Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine to flower around the spring months from April to June (spring).

In particular, this perennial is well known for its long bloom season, flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.

The Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine produces some beautiful yellow, or pink, gold/yellow and red/burgundy flowers around this time of year.


The leaves from the Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine have a beautiful green color during most of the year.

In particular, they have a compound (pinnately, bipinnately, palmately) arrangement with a alternate organization in its leaves.

You can expect the leaves from your Aquilegia Caerulea ‘Yellow’ to be around (1-3 inches) in size.

Aquilegia caerulea 'Yellow' up close

Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance

The Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine is well known for being able to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.

Additionally, it has a special tolerance for animals like rabbit and deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Aquilegia Caerulea ‘Yellow’ will be fine.


How should you then organize your garden to include your new Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine? Here are some recommendations by expert gardeners.

Most Aquilegia Caerulea ‘Yellow’ owners agree that this perennial will look great in most cottage and rustic gardens of all types. 

Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage, city and courtyard, and in prairie and meadow styles. 

In particular, the Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine’s best location within your garden is in beds and borders, and in underplanting roses and shrubs, others use it for landscaping in a rock garden, mass planting, container, border, cutting garden, ground cover, or a woodland garden.

Companion Plants

Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Hosta, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.

Others consider that a nice Astilbe will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!


Even though we covered a lot of care information for your Kirigami™ Yellow Columbine, remember the basics: sunlight, soil and water, as these should be enough to grow a healthy plant at home.

Sebastian Moncada

I’m also a plant enthusiast and researcher. I’ve been privileged to have lived my whole life around the wilderness of Colombia and I’m happy to share everything I learn along the way. “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience” – Emerson.

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