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Blue Bird Larkspur

Delphinium 'Blue Bird'

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Blue Bird Larkspur (Delphinium 'Blue Bird') at Stein's Garden & Home

Blue Bird Larkspur flowers

Blue Bird Larkspur flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Blue Bird Larkspur (Delphinium 'Blue Bird') at Stein's Garden & Home

Blue Bird Larkspur flowers

Blue Bird Larkspur flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  3 feet

Flower Height:  5 feet

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Group/Class:  Pacific Giant Series

Garden Stars Perennials

The Garden Stars® Perennial Collection is a complete line of all your traditional perennial favorites with some exciting new varieties too! These perennials are grown by a network of trusted growers to provide you the highest quality plants for your garden. These varieties have been selected for hardiness, compact growth, and consistent, reliable flower color. Perfect for planting in: garden beds, perennial borders, rock, cottage, prairie or woodland gardens, & even pots on the patio!

Ornamental Features

Blue Bird Larkspur features bold spikes of blue flowers with white eyes rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its deeply cut lobed leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Bird Larkspur is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Blue Bird Larkspur is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Blue Bird Larkspur will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 5 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. The flower stalks can be weak and so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Blue Bird Larkspur is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Articulation  Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features