Generous, easy to grow, cheerful and carefree, Wild Columbine is a favorite in perennial gardens from the simplest to the most sophisticated. Native to the entire eastern half of North America, it thrives in partial shade, but tolerates full sun (if not too hot or dry) as well as full shade. Wild Columbine adapts to various soils as long as they are well drained. It’s delicate foliage belies its tough nature, and the nodding red and cream flowers are plentiful and sweet. We have seen Wild Columbine used as a filler in shady gardens, providing a rich, whimsical tone all but effortlessly. Wild columbine is a great wildlife plant and draws butterflies, hummingbirds and bumblebees. Deadheading will prevent self-seeding.