Chinese species of perennial larkspur. Flowers are a vivid blue and hairy (especially obvious on the buds), with prominent bees. The whole flower looks like Dr. Seuss might have designed it, especially the crumply-curvy back end. Each is attached to the flower stem in alternating fashion; the overall effect packs a visual punch. Growth habit is upright, about mid-way in height between the taller hybrids and dwarf varieties. Black crinkly seeds.
|Attractively cut leaves |
In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: patio area, firewood border
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- Seed from '05 trade. Baggy 35F (15d; 10%G, 15d) - 65F (80%G, 2-8d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (17d) - 65F (no G, 20d)
- Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 35F (16d) - 70F (3%G, 18d).
Baggy 70F (42%G, 8-16d)
- Seed from '10 garden, stored cold since harvest. Baggy 70F (52%G, 8-15d)
Seed apparently does not maintain viability for long. From the trials above, it's not clear if a cold stage is helpful - it may depend on the age or previous treatment of the seed.
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January 11, 2011