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CONSOLIDA ajacis 'Exquisite White King'

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Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

CONSOLIDA ajacis 'Exquisite White King'( EXQUISITE SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Rocket Larkspur

Special Notice

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General Description

Exquisite Series larkspur are derived from the annual Mediterranean species Consolida ajacis, and closely resemble the hybrid delphiniums to which they are related. From late spring to midsummer, they bear upright, single or branched spires of double flowers in shades of blue, lavender, rose and white. The spurred blossoms are borne densely on slender, upright, single to branched stems, and pollinated by bees, butterflies and moths. They are accented by bright green, feathery, deeply divided foliage.

Annual larkspur are perfect for mixed borders or cottage gardens, and make excellent, long-lasting cut flowers. They grow best in full to part sun and prefer moist, fertile, well-drained garden loam. Seedlings do not transplant well, so the seed is best sown directly in early spring. Removal of spent blossoms may prolong flowering, which usually ceases with the heat of summer. Under favorable conditions, the plants may self-sow in the garden from year to year.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    1'-4' / 0.3m - 1.2m

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Summer

  • Native To

    Mediterranean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Blue, Pink, Lavender

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes