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PlantFiles: Delphinium
Delphinium 'Magic Fountains Dark Blue/White Bee'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Delphinium (del-FIN-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Magic Fountains Dark Blue/White Bee
Additional cultivar information: (Magic Fountains series)

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive KaylyRed On May 14, 2009, KaylyRed from Watertown, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

'Magic Fountains' has grown brilliantly for me with no pampering at all. It has needed staking, however, and I learned to stake it early lest it sprawl and flop all over the place. In full sun and during periods of drought it has had a tendency to scorch a bit. I give it a good soaking and deadleaf any of the unattractive foliage.

The flower display has always been very eye-catching--there's nothing like a spot of true blue in the garden to get people's attention! I've found that if I deadhead I get a small rebloom.

Neutral Igrowinpa On Jan 6, 2008, Igrowinpa from Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love Delphiniums, especially the shorter ones that you don't have to stake. Unfortunately, they are short lived perennials in our area, usually only lasting two seasons. I continue to plant them, however, since I love the blue color in the garden.

Positive Joan On Jul 8, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

This plant got to almost 6 foot tall this year with all the rain we've had. I have it staked and tied about 2 foot from the gound, and that's all. So far it's not flopping over at all.

Positive Gindee77 On Jun 12, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love the color of this plant's blooms. I also love it as a companion plant to roses because since roses don't come in shades of blue, it's a nice way to add blue to the garden.

Neutral Karenn On Jun 30, 2003, Karenn from Mount Prospect, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

In the upper midwest (Northern Illinois) with our sometimes horrible winters along with heavy clay soil, delphiniums are usually short-lived. The longest I have had one is 8 years - I lost it last year with the hot & extremely dry summer. However, ever the optimist I have planted another three. And I allow (and help along) the annual versions (larkspur)to self-sow "here & there".

Positive CountryGardens On Jun 29, 2003, CountryGardens from Lewisville, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Easy to start, grows without any pampering once established!


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

Fairbanks, Alaska
Dinuba, California
Oakhurst, California
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Westbrook, Connecticut
Gainesville, Florida
Hampton, Illinois
Mackinaw, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Revere, Massachusetts
Fountain, Michigan
Grove City, Minnesota
Belfield, North Dakota
Beaverton, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Scappoose, Oregon
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Knoxville, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Weyers Cave, Virginia
Colville, Washington
Watertown, Wisconsin

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