Delphinium, Candle Delphinium, Larkspur 'Blue Bird'

Delphinium elatum

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



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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 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)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Phoenix, Arizona

Fremont, California

San Leandro, California

Harlem, Georgia

Hampton, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Worcester, Massachusetts

Detroit, Michigan

Heath, Ohio

Lebanon, Oregon

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Meshoppen, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Leesburg, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 21, 2008, GreeneLady from Oak Island, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

These Delphinium are stunning! I've heard people say they've had some problems growing these, but this is my first time growing delphiniums and I've had no problems. I planted them in a raised bed and spaced them about 12 inches apart. The soil in the bed is 1/2 peat moss, 1/4 miracle grow potting soil, and 1/4 compost. I live in zone 8a, and they planted in light shade . They get morning sun until 11am, Shade in the afternoon, and then from about 5pm on they get the evening sun. They get water at least every other day, and are mulched well. So far they seem quite happy!