PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).

Consolida ajacis
Larkspur, Annual Delphinium
Type/Hardiness Annual, Hardy
Flowering period June-September
Height 1-4ft/30-120cm
Light preference Sun
Soil preference Any, but moist and well-drained
Sowing time/depth Autumn, Spring, 0.25in/6mm
More dainty than the related delphinium, larkspur produces pink or deep blue blooms freely throughout the summer months, on tall stems with finely cut, feathery foliage. Quite variable in height. A good cut flower, if you can bear to remove it from the garden, where it always looks so beautiful! However, dead heading prolongs the flowering period. Will benefit from watering during dry periods.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Larkspur doesn't seem to like being disturbed, so it is recommended to sow direct, thinning as necessary. Alternatively sow in modules in spring and carefully transplant young, strong plants to the desired positions. Larkspur requires dark for germination, so make sure to sow deeply enough and cover containers with black plastic or layers of paper until the first seedlings appear.
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