Delphinium 'Blue Bird'

Delphinium 'Bluebird'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jerry Pavia
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(Delphinium 'Bluebird')
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Genus:  Delphinium

'Blue Bird' is a Pacific Hybrid delphinium grown as an annual or biennial. Its mid-blue flowers have white centers. The flowers are large but short-lived and bloom on tall stems from early summer to midsummer. Grow at the back of a border or in the middle of an island bed. There is nothing quite like delphiniums in the garden.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Large blue flowers with white centers on tall stems. All parts are toxic if ingested and foliage may irriate skin.

Care: 

Grow in a sheltered area in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Provide support. Thin shoots for the best flower show. Deadhead regularly.

Propagation: 

Start seed indoors in early spring at 55° F.

Problems: 

Slugs, snails, and cyclamen mites are fairly common. Other problems can include powdery mildew, Southern blight, bacterial and fungal spots, gray mold, rots, rust, smuts, and damping off.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
High
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Perennials

Delphinium 'Bluebird'