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Consolida regalis

Forking larkspur

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height0.25m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourDeep blue to pink, white
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Consolida regalis (Forking larkspur). An annual-biennial, branched clumped native to Southern Europe, rarely in Britain. Lobed leaves are linear and hairy. Flowering panicles are deep blue to pink or white shades appearing in summer.

Characteristics

Annual or Biennial, Herbaceous

Other common names

Larkspur

Origin

S. Europe. A rare casual in Britain

Interest and use

Excellent cut or dried flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium
  • 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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