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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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Snails are the other great enemy - they just love to munch on fresh delphinium foliage in spring and summer.
Cut the bloom stalks off delphiniums, foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea), and hollyhocks (Alcea rosea) as soon as they fade--but well before they set mature seed.
Delphiniums give their best performance in well drained soils in full sun but they can be grown in dapple or part shade.
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To order by post please make cheques payable to 'Mirror Garden' and send to : Mirror Delphiniums (DM30811), 14 Hadfield Street, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 9FG.
FOR bigger and better blooms in the perennial border, thin down the number of shoots to half a dozen per plant of delphiniums, heleniums, lupins and phlox.
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Pot up rooted basal cuttings of delphiniums taken last month.
Take basal cuttings of border plants such as lupins and delphiniums before they develop pithy stems unsuitable for cuttings ?
Cut down early flowering perennials such as delphiniums and nepeta to tidy them up and encourage a second flush of blooms later in the year.
It combines well with blue flowers like those of delphiniums or salvia x superba.