Common Name: Larkspur
Bloom Time: Summer
Blooms: Blue, Purple or Rose with White Eye
Foliage: Deep Green
Features: Attracts Hummingbirds. Deer Resistant. Cut Flower.
The first compact series of Delphinium available. Delphiniums are the stars of the early summer border. Plants form a low mound of deeply-cut green leaves, bearing tall spikes of satiny flowers. This selection is part of the Delphina™ series which are the first genetically dwarf Delphinium elatum with exceptionally strong stems. Delphina has a naturally compact, upright habit.
Dark Blue with White Eye, Light Blue with White Eye or Rose with White Eye feature lovely colors on tall flower spikes with a white eye or bee. Removing faded spikes at the base will encourage repeat blooming in fall.
Sun: Sun to Part Sun
Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun to light shade, with shelter from strong winds. Prepare the soil, mixing in 2 to 4 inches of compost. Staking is usually needs on most varieties of delphinium but these may not. Soil should not dry out. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
Deadhead to extend blooming. Use a high phosphorous fertilizer each year, in early spring. In hot, humid summer regions, plants do not usually last more than 2 to 3 years. fter the plant has finished blooming and side shoots start to appear in late spring or early summer is the best time to dig and divide your Delphinium.
Plants are often attacked by mildew in mid summer; simply cut back hard to encourage fresh foliage.
CAUTION: Harmful if eaten.
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