Candle Delphinium, Candle Larkspur
Scientific Name: Delphinium elatum L.
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Recommended Temperature Zone:|
sunset: 1-10, 14-24
Heat Tolerance: Grown as winter annual in Phoenix
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Growth Habits: Perennial, from 3 to 6 feet tall (60-180 cm) depending on variety
Watering Needs: Regular to ample water
Propagation: Divisions, basal cuttings in spring, occasionally seeds
The Larkspurs commonly found in gardens are hybrids of Delphinium elatum. They flower from midspring to late spring in Phoenix, later in the rest of the country. The summer heats generally kill the larkspurs in May in Phoenix.
The Larkspurs like a rather alkaline, humus-rich soil. Fertilize regularly, and mulch in summer. They are sensitive to mites, black spot and powdery mildew. In Phoenix, sow starting in September.