delphinium hero

READY, SET, SPIKE!

Brighten flower beds & bouquets with this cottage-garden favorite! Named for its dolphin-shaped nectaries, perennial delphinium first emerge as glossy green tufts then erupt into spikes in blues, purples & pinks.

  • Blooms late spring to early summer
  • Prefers full sun/light shade & well-draining soil
  • Stake plants to support bloom stalks
  • Deadhead after flowering to rebloom
  • Attracts bees & butterflies
  • Annual varieties called larkspur
  • Ranunculaceae family member

DELPHINIUM GROWING TIPS

For the brightest blooms, amend soil in spring with lime or wood ashes. In spring, add a thin layer of compost followed by a two-inch mulch layer. In summer, water if rainfall is less than one inch per week. In the fall, after the first hard frost, cut stems back to about an inch above soil line. Every three to four springs, divide plants as new growth emerges.

delphinium

DEFINITELY DELPHINIUM

Delphinium thrive in our (comparatively) cool, moist growing season, and add height to cut-flower arrangements.

blue

Blue Delphinium

lavender

Lavender Delphinium

purple

Purple Delphinium

white

White Delphinium