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Consolida orientalis

Eastern larkspur

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height0.6m to 1m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourPurple
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Consolida orientalis (Eastern larkspur). An upright annual herb native to North Africa, Spain & West Asia. Leaves are oblong to linear and 3-lobed.

Characteristics

Annual, Herbaceous

Other common names

Larkspur

Origin

N.Africa & Spain, West Asia

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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