SOLVED: Are Delphinium &Larkspur the same?

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

Or are they like Patty &Cathy/Identical cousins? I coauld never quite figure it out. and no one I talk to seems to know.I figured all you smart people could help!This is a Delph.

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Chardon, OH(Zone 5a)

Delphinium is the scientific genus name. It includes many species. Most go by some form of the common name, larkspur.

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

o.k. go S-l-o-w..I'm real blonde. How come one says its an annual(larkspur) and the other perrinal?

Westbrook, ME(Zone 5a)

It's confusing because Larkspur is a common name. I know larkspur as the annual - delphinium consolida. The one in your picture is delphinium elatum. They're both delphiniums but different species. The larkspur (or d.consolida) has smaller more delicate flowers. They're a hardy annual but will re-seed. If you grow the two side by side there's a big difference.

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

oh! thats a good idea. grow them in the same bed. that way I could keep close tabs on them to see the difference.

Just to keep us on our toes, you may well find Larkspur, D consolida now labelled as Consolida ajacis.

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a) say that in words that I would understand. I don;t know all that stuff

Westbrook, ME(Zone 5a)

LOL! She means that the genus name has been changed for larkspur from delphinium to consolida. It happens a lot - just to confuse us. Baa - I thought it was the other way around tho ... I thought it was consolida but changed now to delphinium? Either way Mimi - delphinium consolida & consolida ajacis are the same plant [synonyms of each other]... the annual larkspur.

Thanks for explaining that one Poppysue :) That's what I meant Mingsmimi, sorry I should have thought.

It now appears from a further check that Consolida ajacis is now Consolida ambigua. They are right about the ambigua LOL. Why does it appear to be mainly annuals which have so many synonyms?

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

I don;t think I have enough brain cells to be productive in this conversation.lolol. I am corn~fused! lolol

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

In our office, they say, "if it is not possible to convince, the best way is to confuse!!" ....and get away with it. LOL Whatever that is, enjoy the lovely blue colour!

Westbrook, ME(Zone 5a)

Dinus right Mimi. You don't have to understand to grow them. The plants don't care what you call them!

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)


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