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Columbine or Aquilegia, an Easy to Grow Flower

Columbine flowers, also called aquilegia, are an easy-care woodland perennial. They are native to North America and are found throughout the United States and Canada. In the wild, columbines prefer semi-shaded areas with moist, slightly acidic soil. Hybrid columbines tend to tolerate sun better than native columbines, but all are easy to grow perennial flowers that can be added to almost any moist, temperate garden. The only place you may struggle to grow columbines is the humid, sandy soils of the deep south and Gulf Coast, and the desert areas of the west. Other than that, your local garden center is likely to have a columbine flower that’s right for your garden!

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Do Ants Hurt Peony Flowers?

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Peonies and ants seem to go together, but do ants hurt peony flowers and buds? What is the relationship between ants and peonies? Why are there ants on my peonies?

The good news is that ants on peony bushes aren’t harmful. They don’t help your flowers, either. Learn more about why you see ants on peonies and the real reason why these insects enjoy visiting your flowers as much as you do.

First Published: October 2016 Last Updated: February 25, 2020

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