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Delphinium 'Wishful Thinking' (Delphinium 'Wishful Thinking')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.2m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Delphinium 'Wishful Thinking'

Other names

Delphinium 'Wishful Thinking', Larkspur 'Wishful Thinking', Candle delphinium 'Wishful Thinking', Elatum group delphinium 'Wishful Thinking'

Genus

Delphinium Delphinium

Variety or Cultivar

'Wishful Thinking' _ 'Wishful Thinking' is a tall, upright, clump-forming perennial with deeply lobed, grey-green leaves and, in summer, dense spikes of double, mauve flowers with blue-flushed petal margins.


Delphinium 'Wishful Thinking' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Toxicity

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

Flower

Mauve, Flushed blue in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

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

Diseases

May also be subject to a virus.

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

General care

Pruning

Thin shoots when plant is 7cm high to 2-3 shoots on young plants and 5-7 shoots on established plants to promote best flowers. Deadhead by cutting spent flower spikes back to small flowering side shoots. Cut back to ground level in autumn.

Propagation

Divide every 3-4 years to maintain vigour.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings


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Where to grow

Delphinium 'Wishful Thinking' (Delphinium 'Wishful Thinking') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging

Cultivation

Plant in a fertile, well-drained soil in full sun with shelter from strong winds. In growth, feed every 2-3 weeks with a balanced liquid fertiliser. Stake in mid-spring.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

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 'Wishful Thinking'

Other names

Delphinium 'Wishful Thinking', Larkspur 'Wishful Thinking', Candle delphinium 'Wishful Thinking', Elatum group delphinium 'Wishful Thinking'

Genus

Delphinium Delphinium

Variety or Cultivar

'Wishful Thinking' _ 'Wishful Thinking' is a tall, upright, clump-forming perennial with deeply lobed, grey-green leaves and, in summer, dense spikes of double, mauve flowers with blue-flushed petal margins.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Toxicity

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


Colour

Flower

Mauve, Flushed blue in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Slugs , Snails , Leaf-mining sawflies

Diseases

May also be subject to a virus.

Specific diseases

Black blotch of Delphinium , Crown rot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Thin shoots when plant is 7cm high to 2-3 shoots on young plants and 5-7 shoots on established plants to promote best flowers. Deadhead by cutting spent flower spikes back to small flowering side shoots. Cut back to ground level in autumn.

Propagation

Divide every 3-4 years to maintain vigour.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Delphinium 'Wishful Thinking' (Delphinium 'Wishful Thinking') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging

Cultivation

Plant in a fertile, well-drained soil in full sun with shelter from strong winds. In growth, feed every 2-3 weeks with a balanced liquid fertiliser. Stake in mid-spring.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

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 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Delphinium 'Wishful Thinking' (Delphinium 'Wishful Thinking')

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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do i need to cut back my delphinium, it does look untidy now, will it come back next year better for cutting back or leaving it be. thankyou dorothy read more

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