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PlantFiles: Dwarf Chinese Delphinium
Delphinium grandiflorum 'Blue Butterfly'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Delphinium (del-FIN-ee-um) (Info)
Species: grandiflorum (gran-dih-FLOR-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Butterfly

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

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

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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6 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Foofsmom On Jul 10, 2014, Foofsmom from Kendall, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have had this plant for a few years now and here in my sandy/clay/rocky soil .PROSPERED like crazy. I got rid of bunch of it when I started getting the garden back into shape. I still have way to much of it. It seems to love where it is *zone 8A* and reseeds itself WAY TO WELL. This is my first year of trying to get seeds as I usually just let everything do what it wants.

Positive Susini On Aug 11, 2010, Susini from Lake Park, MN wrote:

Grows beautifully in my climate, rich soil, full sun. Profuse blooms. Bloom time is fairly short, maybe two weeks at the most if all plantings are included. The blue color is amazing, translucent in sunlight.

Neutral Marlina On Aug 7, 2009, Marlina from Blaine, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

I plant two of these every year in the front of my garden . Intense color but have never had them come they say. So I treat them as a annual.

Positive straea On Jun 8, 2008, straea from Somerville, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I'm used to thinking of delphiniums as needing coddling in my climate - moist and rich soil, shade from the hot afternoon sun, etc. - and still often dying. This one is different. In my climate, it likes heat, it likes full sun, and so far, it's been more drought tolerant than some plants that are supposed to be! If you live in a temperate climate with rainfall averaging about the same all year round like I do, consider treating this delphinium the same way. This is the first delphinium I've been able to grow in my climate with absolutely no special effort on my part at all. I love delphiniums and I'm so pleased I finally found a low-care one.

Neutral grannyhat On Oct 3, 2007, grannyhat from St. John's NL
Canada wrote:

I grew this plant in St. John's, Newfoundland - poor soil, mostly acid, windy and salty. The seed packet called it 'Blue Pygmy' (sorry, I can't remember the seedsman's name). It acted like a biennial, producing a neat rosette of leaves the first year, and flowered madly the following August, in the brightest blue imaginable. In mid-September all three plants died, producing copious amounts of seed. I will grow it again, but be careful where I place it, as the colour was rather a killer to other blues - white neighbours would look better.

Neutral greenie67 On Jun 9, 2006, greenie67 from Longview, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I live in East Texas and am also having some problems keeping them alive. They flourished at first but now they are yellowing and not flowering at all. They get full sun and plenty of water but not too much. I haven't checked the ph of the soil though. That may be the problem.

Neutral rweiler On Jun 20, 2005, rweiler from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

I planted 2 a couple months ago here in Albuquerque. Fertile soil, plenty of water, full sun. I sheared them back to 3 inches last week because both were dying. One is bouncing back, one is near death. I won't give up though, they are beautiful at the front of the border.

Positive nevadagdn On May 6, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

My plant is happy in dryish shade, in clay loam covered with river rock.

Positive lmelling On Jan 18, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

From the belladonna group. Blue Butterfly is stocky, although the flowers make it seem light and airy. Flowers are a bright medium blue. Can be air-dried for light touches in flower arrangements.

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun, but with shelter from strong winds. If plants do not grow well, or look leggy and stressed, try "sweetening" the soil with a little lime.

Caution: all parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested, and contact with foliage may irritate skin.

Positive LilyLover_UT On Jan 17, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

This short-lived perennial can be grown as an annual if started early indoors. It blooms in an incredible shade of deep, true blue. The small plants will fit into any garden.


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

Oildale, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Statesboro, Georgia
Lewiston, Idaho
Chicago, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
Fishers, Indiana
Hebron, Kentucky
Union, Kentucky
Bethel, Maine
Somerville, Massachusetts
Saginaw, Michigan
Lake Park, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Sparks, Nevada
Greenville, New Hampshire
Flanders, New Jersey
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
New Milford, New Jersey
Croton On Hudson, New York
Ithaca, New York
Belfield, North Dakota
Geneva, Ohio
Norman, Oklahoma
Monmouth, Oregon
Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Norfolk, Virginia
Kendall, Washington
Verona, Wisconsin

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