Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'

Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'
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Great for shade

Good for cutting

Perfect for pots

Loved by pollinators

Less appealing to
slugs and snails

Packed in peat-free compost

Hardy throughout the UK


Intense, violet-blue, fully double flowers are a rare sight in late spring and early summer—but this is just what Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow' gives you. The deep blue sepals make a vibrant contrast to the yellow stamens in the centre of the slightly nodding, almost pompom-like flowers. The dense, spiky petals are held in place, not unlike an eagle’s claw—hence the name Aquilegia (aquila is eagle in Latin).    

All aquilegias have wonderful finely-cut foliage that emerges early in the year, often creating tufts of bright green among the daffodils and other bulbs. As the foliage of this Aquilegia ages, it becomes more grey-green. Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow' is an ideal border plant, with its flowers held on stiff, upright stems. It looks very effective when planted next to silver foliage or amongst grasses. Or try planting with the pale lime green of Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis), whose colours compliment and contrast the dusky purple of Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Blue Barlow'.    

Aquilegia is a favourite amongst florists, too, as it makes a cheerful and long-lasting cut flower.  


Deep blue


45-90cm / 18-36"

Planting season:


Flowering time:


Botanical name:

Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Blue Barlow'

Light requirements:

Partial shade / full sun

Soil moisture:






  • Soak the roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting out
  • Plant your Aquilegia bare roots into temporary pots in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors
  • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots
  • Plant the roots so that they are fully submerged with the shoots just below the surface or any top growth exposed
  • Plant in borders or containers in early summer once in full growth
  • Space the Aquilegia plants 15-25cm apart
  • Water-in after planting and keep hydrated when in growth
  • Read more in our planting guide
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