Description: Derived from the Greek word "delphis" meaning dolphin, delphinium (its scientific name) are also commonly known as larkspur. The plant's name comes from the shape of the spur, which resembles the hind toe of a lark. Other names include Lark’s Claw, Knight’s Spur and Lark’s Heel (by Shakespeare). Larkspur (delphinium consolida) belongs to the buttercup family – Ranunculaceae. Native to Europe, it has naturalized throughout North America. Larkspur are among the showiest of all cultivated flowers. These flowers are almost as complex as the orchids.
Hardy: Zone 3
Bloom Time: Late spring- end of summer
Height: Up to 5 -6 feet
Spacing: 6''-8'' apart
Sun Needs: Light shade
Water Needs: High
Outstanding Features: This short-lived perennial lasts 2 to 3 years and are generally considered garden plants. The flowers of larkspur tend to be very fragile and relatively short lived in the vase (under a week), making production for local markets more lucrative.
Uses: Cut Flowers, showy in the garden
Tips: Larkspurs are rhizomes and the rhizomes can be separated from the established plants and then can be replanted in new areas.