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Consolida ajacis

Larkspur

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Features

  • BloomsJuly
  • Height0.3m to 1.25m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourPink, white, blue
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Consolida ajacis (Larkspur). This Mediterranean species originally had blue flowers. Now after many hybridizing processes, the present-day garden larkspurs blooms may be pink, white or purple and are usually double, borne mainly in summer. Some can reach a height of 1.2m. The name larkspur comes from the nectar spur at the back of the flowers that are hidden in the open blooms but are clearly visible on the unopened buds.

Characteristics

Annual, Herbaceous

Origin

Mediterranean

Interest and use

Excellent cut or dried flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy, and will grow in a sunny position in fertile, well drained soil. Support stems of tall growing plants with sticks. Dead-head to prolong flowering.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds which are sown outdoors in the spring or in the early autumn in mild areas.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Protect young plants from slugs and snails. Larkspur seeds are poisonous.

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