Splendid delphinium with beautiful flower stalks
The delphinium genus from the cock's foot family comprises more than 300 species worldwide. With the variety Blue Bird, you get an ornamental plant that stands out because of its flowers. Delphinium plants enhance any green area. The botanical name Delphinium refers to the special shape of the buds. Flowers that are still closed actually have a shape that is reminiscent of a dolphin. Our delphinium perennials are hardy and sprout vigorously again after the cold months.
Delphinium x cultorum Pacific 'Blue Bird', as the impressive ornamental plant with full nomenclature is called, is adorned with palmate, incised, three-lobed and pointed leaves. The fresh green foliage, which sits relatively low on the perennial, forms the frame for impressive flower candles. The decorative stems grow upright and reach a height of 80 cm. The flowering season of the larkspur flower lasts from June to September. Then the hare-like shoots attract all eyes. Each of these stately structures is made up of numerous individual leaves. Five sepals shine in blue in contrast to the white centre. On the back is the spur, which influenced the German term for Delphinium. From pollinated flowers, long-lasting bellows fruits ripen until autumn.
Habitat and soil
Larkspur prefers plenty of sun and light. It can only develop its full potential in bright places. The delphinium flower thrives best in nutrient-rich soil with humus and loamy parts. Deep soil prevents waterlogging, which the plant does not like.
Where to plant delphinium?
Buying delphinium goes hand in hand with various uses. As a solitary plant, this popular garden flower will lighten up a few lawns or add that certain something to areas planted with groundcovers. In combination with other plants, it harmonises as a component of the typical cottage garden. Herbaceous perennials add an attractive detail to herbaceous borders. In near-natural green areas, delphinium contributes to biodiversity. It is a welcome source of food for bees, bumblebees, butterflies and hoverflies. Planted side by side, up to three plants make a running metre.
Recommended plant neighbours
Gorgeous combinations are created with ornamental plants in other colours. As a companion to roses, Delphinium creates a varied atmosphere. The combination with yellow or coral-red torch lilies also looks interesting. In general, delphinium forms a wonderful visual backdrop with yarrow, coneflower and sunflower, especially as they all make similar demands on the site conditions. The interplay with white flowers such as the bowflower or the dwarf spirea'Albiflora' is particularly elegant.
You can plant our delphinium all year round üover, as they are well rooted sprouts in pots.