Flowers 101: Delphinium

Season: You can get delphinium year round but the peak growing season, when you will find the most vibrant colors, is June through October.

Cost: You can expect to pay upwards of $5 per stem.

Colors: Light blue is among the most common color delphinium but they are also available in purple, deep blue, hot pink and white.

Hardiness: Delphinium can be out of water and stand up to heat and sun – but keep them in water when you can.

Pairings: Delphinium are ‘English country garden’ flowers so they look great with other flowers with a garden-y feel.  Peonies, hydrangea, daisies, roses and tulips are all natural compliments to delphinium.

Good Things to Know: Delphinium grow in long stems with with 15-20 individual blooms on them.  The blooms themselves are star shaped with 5 petals.  Left on the stem, they are great for adding height to centerpieces.

Delphinium also goes by the name larkspur.  While they aren’t exactly the same flower – delphiniums have longer stems and are larger than larkspur – they are basically interchangeable.

The sap from delphinium is highly toxic – wash your hands after you handle them and keep them away from animals and children.  Needless to say, you DO NOT want your flower girl tossing delphinium petals!

Next up on Flowers 101: Daisies

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One Response to “Flowers 101: Delphinium”

  1. Juliet Says:

    I’m enjoying the flower education. Thanks for the great blog post Emilie!