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This could be one of a few things, however it's either a Delphinium (grandiflorum or Belladonna group) or Consolida species. I think it looks quite close to a wild form of Consolida ajacis (Larkspur) but I won't swear to it that it is because there are a lot of species out there and both Consolida and Delphinium are very closely related and the wild forms do look very, very similar.
Yep, Larkspur, aka Delphinium ajacis and Consolida ambigua ~ they're all the same thing. I have the purple flowered and a white flowered kinds.
Bummer!! IF it's the same ones I have, they don't like heat much at all. Once the temps start getting in the high 80's, they poop out. How hot have you been up there, Crimson? Maybe try them a little earlier in the year next year? Or not again if it's that much trouble?
I don't know if you can do the same thing where you are in your colder zone, but I just throw the seeds out in the fall where I want them to grow and they sprout at just the right time in late winter here, about three weeks before the average last frost date.
March 23rd http://davesgarden.com/journal/si/4867.html (they'd been up a couple weeks)
April 27th http://davesgarden.com/editgj/showimage.php?iid=5918 (There's one blooming behind and to the left of the irises in this pic)
May 7th http://davesgarden.com/journal/si/6427.html (same bed as the first pic)
June 2nd http://davesgarden.com/journal/si/9418.html (you can see the same bed behind the trellis thing that's by Kenny's head)
And June 15th http://davesgarden.com/journal/si/9426.html (second pic shows the same bed in the upper right)
At the moment, they're just dead sticks that need to be pulled out. They literally fry come hot weather!