The Aquilegia genus that belongs to the Ranunculaceae family includes many species that grow in meadows, light woodland and mountainous regions in the northern hemisphere. A. caerulea is an upright, short-lived herbaceous perennial, native to the Rocky Mountains in North America, with deeply lobed leaves. Aquilegias produce large, spurred flowers in shades of red, yellow or brown depending on the species, borne from early to mid-summer on slender leafy stems. It grows best in rich but lightin sun or partial shade and is very undemanding. They also make beautiful cut flowers. A. flabellata comes from east Asia and has palmate, grey-green leaves. The nodding, purple-blue flowers with white to creamy-white tipped petals appear in early summer. There is also a dwarf variety of this species that only grows 15 cm (6 in) high and is ideal for growing in containers. It can be raised from seed or divided in spring.