• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage reaches 12 to 18 in. tall, 18 in wide, with blooms to 24 in. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Flowers for Cutting
    Blooms:
    Late Spring through Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:del-FIN-ee-um gran-dih-FLOR-um
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 10, 14 - 24
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Foliage reaches 12 to 18 in. tall, 18 in wide, with blooms to 24 in. tall.
    Special features:Easy Care
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Spring through Summer
    Flower color:Blue
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasDelphinium is an essential of all perennial borders as well as mixed beds. Plant into foundation compositions to add highbrow beauty. Mass to create a stunning focal point or to bring out distant garden art. Add into cottage gardens to provide strong blue shades and gang along white picket fences for charm. May be inserted just about anywhere the soil is rich enough to provide elegance and color in the late spring.
    Companion PlantsBlanket Flower (Gaillardia); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Coneflower (Echinacea); Phlox (Phlox); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in enriched, neutral to alkaline soils; amend soil with lime if needed. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with an all-purpose fertilizer in spring; repeat after first bloom flush. Prune spent blooms to prolong flowering. Cut back to the ground at the end of the season.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This popular genus of the Ranunculaceae includes over 300 species of annual and perennial herbs. This speciescame into cultivation in 1578. It is a wildflower of damp meadows found on the Russian steppes as well as China and Mongolia. Plants are adapted to short growing seasons in these climates producing a remarkably fast growing form compared to other hybrids that originated with early French breeding.

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