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Delphinium elatum (Candle larkspur)

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
1.8m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Delphinium elatum

Other names

Candle larkspur, Alpine delphinium , Common bee larkspur

Genus

Delphinium Delphinium

Species

D. elatum - D. elatum is an upright, deciduous perennial with deeply lobed, dark green leaves and erect racemes of purple-blue flowers in summer.


Delphinium elatum is: Deciduous

Habit

Erect flower stem, Upright, Clump-forming

Toxicity

All parts of the plant may cause severe discomfort if ingested. Contact with sap may cause skin irritation.

Flower

Purple, Blue in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Slugs , Snails , Leaf-mining sawflies Caterpillars , Slugs , Snails , Leaf-mining sawflies

Black blotch of Delphinium , Crown rot , Powdery mildew Black blotch of Delphinium , Crown rot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Deadhead by cutting spent flower spikes back to small flowering side shoots. Cut back to ground level after foliage has died back in autumn.

Propagation

Take basal cuttings in early spring.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings


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Where to grow

Delphinium elatum (Candle larkspur) will reach a height of 1.8m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Grow in a fertile, well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site. In growth, apply liquid feed every 2 weeks. May be short-lived in hot, humid conditions. Cut back if infected with powdery mildew. Thin shoots for stronger flowers spikes. Stake in spring.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Delphinium elatum

Other names

Candle larkspur, Alpine delphinium , Common bee larkspur

Genus

Delphinium Delphinium

Species

D. elatum - D. elatum is an upright, deciduous perennial with deeply lobed, dark green leaves and erect racemes of purple-blue flowers in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect flower stem, Upright, Clump-forming

Toxicity

All parts of the plant may cause severe discomfort if ingested. Contact with sap may cause skin irritation.


Colour

Flower

Purple, Blue in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Slugs , Snails , Leaf-mining sawflies

Specific diseases

Black blotch of Delphinium , Crown rot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Deadhead by cutting spent flower spikes back to small flowering side shoots. Cut back to ground level after foliage has died back in autumn.

Propagation

Take basal cuttings in early spring.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Delphinium elatum (Candle larkspur) will reach a height of 1.8m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Grow in a fertile, well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site. In growth, apply liquid feed every 2 weeks. May be short-lived in hot, humid conditions. Cut back if infected with powdery mildew. Thin shoots for stronger flowers spikes. Stake in spring.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Delphinium elatum (Candle larkspur)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Phytophthora tentaculata Kröber & Marwitz - All Hosts

Type

Oomycete

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous pathogen present in parts of Europe and beyond.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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