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Delphinium elatum

 
Delphinium elatum
Common name perennial larkspur
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers blue
Size 3-4 ft
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (not too dry)

For all the complaints about delphiniums not liking our hot humid summers, our patch does marvellously. Grown from seed several years ago, a few new seedlings volunteer every spring, and replace the ones that die of old age or adverse conditions. In our side garden they morning sun, and shade by mid-afternoon).

The 'Gletscherwasser' cultivar (seed-grown, so maybe not quite true) has light blue flowers; I've seen it referred to as one of the Pacific hybrids.

perennial larkspur
This one, with deeper-blue, more sparsely spaced flowers with prominent bees, is the first one to bloom in our garden.

Delphinium elatum
Most of ours look more or less like this one

perennial larkspur

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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