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DELPHINIUM 'Guardian Mix'

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Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

DELPHINIUM 'Guardian Mix'( GUARDIAN SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Delphinium, Guardian Mix Larkspur, Larkspur

General Description

Blooming in shades of white, lavender, pink and blue, these gorgeous delphiniums bear tall, elegant spires of flowers in late spring to early summer. A mixture of hybrids from the Guardian Series, these vigorous perennials were bred for their predictably uniform flowers and early blooming habit. Their semi-double flowers are densely borne on strong, slender stems, and feature small white “bees”, or central tufts of stamens. The showy blooms rise from clumps of deeply lobed, rich green foliage, and are visited by hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.

Plant delphiniums in full sun and moist, fertile, well-drained, slightly alkaline soil. Preferring areas with cool to moderate summer weather, they falter when exposed to very hot temperatures. The tall flowering stems may require staking to prevent toppling, and windy sites should be avoided. After the flowers fade, promptly cut back the stems to any lower flowering side shoots to encourage extended blooming. Monitor closely for slugs and snails in spring, as these can damage new growth.

Tall delphiniums add drama to mixed beds and borders with their beautiful colors and striking vertical habit. Their gorgeous blooms also make outstanding cut flowers. Often short-lived, these perennials are frequently treated as annuals or biennials, particularly in areas with long, hot summers.

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

    30"-40" / 76.2cm - 101.6cm

  • Width

    10"-15" / 25.4cm - 38.1cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Blue, Purple, Pink, 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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No