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any north temperate, Old World annual of the genus Consolida of the buttercup family. Consolida species were formerly classified in the genus Delphinium,
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(also larkspur), a genus of plants of the family Ranunculaceae. The annual species of Delphinium are often assigned to the genus Consolida. The leaves are divided palmately. The flowers—disposed in racemes or panicles—are irregular, large, and mainly dark blue, light blue or violet. The perianth is formed by five petaloid leaflets, and the superior leaflet has a spur. The fruit consists of one or three to five follicles. There are about 300 species in the northern hemisphere and in the mountains of tropical Africa and about 100 species in the USSR, found primarily in the Caucasus and in Middle Asia. The most common species are the annual branching larkspur (D. consolida), a nectarous weed that yields a dark blue color used in dyeing wool, and the perennial bee larkspur (D. elatum) that grows in forests, shrub thickets, and meadows and contains delphinine, elatine, and other alkaloids used in medicine. Both species are effective insecticides. Many species of Delphinium are cultivated as ornamental flowers.


any ranunculaceous plant of the genus Delphinium: many varieties are cultivated as garden plants for their spikes of blue, pink, or white spurred flowers
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Delphiniums are top heavy plants and they need staking firmly once they reach a foot in height.
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I had to give mine up after many years owing to age and medical reasons, but anyone with a small garden can still supplement their vegetables, as I do amongst my roses, lavender and delphiniums.
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Reports come in of blossoming cherries Mid November and sweet raspberries, Daffodils and delphiniums all in bloom, Around our pond dragonflies zoom.
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DELPHINIUMS are prized for their magnificent spires of bloom as well as several shades of blue, they also come in white, purple and lavender.
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Slugs and snails like delphiniums more than any other plant,' said the presenter of a TV gardening programme brightly.
Last week, Beccy Falls asked if her delphiniums would flower again this summer after she cut down the spent flower spikes.