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Delphinium elatum 'Guardian Lavender'

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Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Delphinium (del-FIN-ee-um) (Info)
Species: elatum (el-AH-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Guardian Lavender

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Blue-Green

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Samtpfote On May 11, 2011, Samtpfote from Gresham, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

I planted mine last spring and it is about to bloom. I have it planted close to an ugly box that we have to have. It hides it nicely and I do not need to stake it. It is a keeper that is easy to take care of.
I have to add my non staking part. The Flower got so heavy that it could not support itself. I tied it around the ugly box :).

Positive gardeningfun On Jan 5, 2011, gardeningfun from Harpersfield, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Great delphinium! Comes back every year so far (3 years now). I have the Guardian Mix (it comes up light blue, dark blue, and lavendar). It is beautiful! Blooms all summer and reblooms if you cut the dead stalks down. I have mine planted in heavy clay with no wind protection. I don't even need to stake it. It stays up well, maybe one stalk will fall over, that I stake.

Neutral Tammylp On Apr 3, 2006, Tammylp from Lima, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is just returning for it's second year; so we shall see. From plant tag: Clump forming perennial produces dark green, lobed foliage and tall spikes of lavender summer to fall blooms. Stems are thin and strong, which makes this plant an excellent cut flower.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Ouray, Colorado
Elida, Ohio
Geneva, Ohio
Gresham, Oregon
Leesburg, Virginia
Seattle, Washington



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