Delphinium has the common name, Larkspur, is shared with
the closely related genus Consolida. Delphinium is a genus
of about 300 species of perennial flowering plants in the
buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native throughout the Northern
Hemisphere and also on the high mountains of tropical Africa.
Delphiniums are an herbaceous plant.
Other Names: Larkspur, Lark’s Heel, Lark’s
Claw, Knight’s Spur, Consolida regalis, Delphinii
Flos, Delphinium consolida, Espuela de Caballero,
Lark's Claw, Larkspur, Lark's Toe, Ritterspornblüten,
Descriptions: Delphiniums have spikes
Size: Delphiniums grow 2 to 6 feet tall.
Symbolism: Delphiniums represent a bold
statement are a symbolic message of boldness.
Grow Details: Delphiniums are not the
easiest plant to grow, but their showy flowers
are worth effort and persistence.
Soil Type: Fertile
Soil PH: PH 6.5 - 7.0
Light: Full Sun to Light Shade
Grow Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
Height: Delphinium grow from 2 feet
to 6 feet tall depending on the species
Flower Colors: Blue, Pink, Red, White,
Propagation: Propagate through cuttings,
by seed, or by careful division.
Division/Transplants: Divide every
3 to4 Years in Spring
Blooming Period: Late Spring to Early
Type: Annual or Perennials
Herbal Remedy Properties: Delphiniums
are toxic to humans, causing severe digestive
discomfort if ingested, delpiniums can also cause
Native Area: Delphiniums are native to
throughout the Northern Hemisphere and in high
mountains of tropical Africa.
Other: Delphiniums were used by Europeans
and Native Americans to make blue dye. The most
common ancient use of delphiniums was said to
be driving away scorpions.
Delphiniums are said to be the significant cause
of cattle poisoning in the Western US.
|Larkspur, especially tall larkspur, is a significant
cause of cattle poisoning on rangelands in the western
United States. Larkspur is more common in high-elevation
areas, and many ranchers will delay moving cattle
onto such ranges until late summer when the toxicity
of the plants is reduced.
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