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This colorful Mediterranean annual bears branched, upright spires of spurred, single or double flowers closely resembling those of hybrid delphiniums. Commonly called larkspur, it was once listed under the genus Delphinium, but is now classified separately. Its blue, pink or white blooms open from late spring to midsummer, and are pollinated by bees, butterflies and moths. They are accented by bright green, feathery, deeply divided foliage. After flowering, the plants form seed and decline with the heat of summer. Under favorable conditions, they will self-sow in the garden from year to year.
Annual larkspur grows well in full to part sun and prefers moist, fertile garden loam, but will tolerate a range of soils, provided they are well-drained. Seedlings do not transplant well, so the seed is best sown directly in early spring. Removal of spent blossoms may prolong flowering.
Several selections and strains have been derived from this species, many with double flowers. Among these are the compact Dwarf Hyacinth Series and the stately Regal Strain. All make fine, long-lasting cut flowers, and are lovely in mixed borders or casual, cottage-style gardens.
9 - 1
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
1'-4' / 0.3m - 1.2m
9"-12" / 22.9cm - 30.5cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
White, Red, Blue, Pink, Lavender
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Mixed Border, Wildflower
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