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CONSOLIDA ajacis

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Felder Rushing

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

CONSOLIDA ajacis

Plant Common Name

Rocket Larkspur

General Description

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.

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

    9"-12" / 22.9cm - 30.5cm

  • 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