Native to parts of Europe, this lovely Columbine is just the ticket for a rock garden or anywhere else, for that matter. Aquilegia alpina grows from 10 to 15 inches, with blue/green, almost fern-like foliage, and deep blue/purple (sometimes with white) blooms. It prefers fertile, well-drained soil in sun/partial shade. Now, a matter about what perennial means. Aquilegia is a perennial, but it does not live forever. That's just not what "perennial" means in the plant world. Aquilegia is not known for its longevity, but it does reseed generously and will be around for a long, long time. It also freely crosses with other varieties, so be aware of that if you are growing many varieties of Aquilegia that are in close proximity to each other. Now that that's settled, there's one more matter to consider. Many people have an aversion to leaf miner, which Aquilegia sometimes has - little silvery squiggly marks on the leaves. This is not harmful to the plant, and there's no need to cut it back, dig it up, dose it with chemicals, be ashamed of it, or not have it in your garden. Just accept it. Zones 4-8.