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DELPHINIUM (AURORA SERIES)

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Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

DELPHINIUM( AURORA SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Aurora Delphinium

Special Notice

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General Description

The Aurora Series of larkspur includes plants that are vigorous, early flowering perennial that densely lines its tall flower spikes with blossoms. The deeply lobed, green foliage is accented by a showy display of semi-double (extra petals) flowers, on very tall spikes from late spring to midsummer. Butterflies and hummingbirds will visit the blossoms, called florets, which are available in a range of colors including white, purple, lavender and medium blue. This is an elatum-type delphinum group.

Delphiniums can grow in a variety of soil types but excel in fertile, well drained, slightly alkaline soil and full sun exposures. Aurora Series plants are unsurpassed for cutflowers, as well as border or bedding plants and perform well in containers. Stake the plant when the flower spike develops to prevent wind or rain from toppling it. Once the flower spike has finished blooming, cut it back to where the smaller flowering shoots are forming. A reblooming also may occur by early autumn. Contact with the leaves can cause skin irritation in many people. Watch for slugs and snails eating new spring growth.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    42"-60" / 106.7cm - 152.4cm

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue, Purple, Light Blue, Lavender

  • 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

    Semi-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, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No