Larkspur

Consolida ajacis

Photo/Illustration: 
Delilah Smittle
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Larkspur (Consolida ajacis)
kon-SOL-ih-dah ah-JAY-sis
Synonyms:  Consolida ambigua
Genus:  Consolida
Feathery, almost fern-like leaves are mid- to dark green. In summer, larkspur bears delphinium-like open to densely packed spikes to 24 inches tall of pink, white, or violet-blue double flowers.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This cold-tolerant true annual can be seeded in the fall where marginally hardy, with protection. Seeds are poisonous. Flowers may be dried for arrangements.
Care:  Grow in fertile, well-drained soil. Water freely in dry spells. May need support. Deadheading prolongs flowering.
Propagation:  Sow in situ in early spring to early summer, or in autumn.
Problems:  Slugs, snails, powdery mildew, and crown rot.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
Niagara,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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