Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns' is similar in many ways to the straight species. Its compact size has made it very popular for use in gardens where space is a concern. This characteristic also makes this cultivar very useful in the front of flower beds for an early season burst of color and ornamental foliage that will remain attractive through late fall so long as the plants are not allowed to dry out.
'Little Lanterns' is very easy to grow, and quite adaptable. It prefers filtered light and open shade, but will tolerate several hours of direct sunlight a day when grown in cooler areas. As with the straight species, the cultivar with self-seed readily but is easy to control by deadheading or removing young plants. 'Little Lanterns' come back true from seed and will retain the compact habit and brilliant color of the parent plant. These characteristics may be lost through cross-pollination if the plants are grown in proximity to the species or other of its cultivars