Larkspur, the best flower plant in the world

Delphinium in bloom

The plant known as larkspur it is one of those that produce the most spectacular flowers. Its inflorescence is so tall and so dense that it is impossible to ignore it. And if you are already cultivating it, the mere fact of having a specimen is a magnificent experience, since, without realizing it, it gives you a reason to smile.

Knowing her you could almost say that it is like loving her. Its care is not very complicated, so Why not keep reading this article to know everything about her?

Origin and characteristics of the Delphinium

Blue flower delphinium

Plants known as Larkspur belong to the botanical genus Delphinium, which are annual, biennial, or perennial herbaceous rhizomatous plants native to the northern hemisphere and the tropical high mountains of Africa. They can reach a height of up to 2 meters. Its leaves are alternate, petiolate and very divided.

The delphinium flower appears grouped in inflorescences that are very dense spike-shaped, with colors ranging from dark purple to creamy white. Blooms in summer.

Main species

The most popular are the following:

Delphinium cardinal

View of the Delphinium cardinale

Image – Flickr / Joe Decruyenaere

It is a annual herb native to California and Baja California that reaches a height of 2 meters. The flower of this larkspur is scarlet red.

The Carolinian dolphin

View of the Delphinium carolinianum

Image – Flickr / amy_buthod

It is a perennial herb Native to North America that reaches a height of 2 meters and produces white or bluish flowers.

Dolphin raised

View of the Delphinium elatum

Image – Wikimedia Commons / Buendia2

It is a perennial herbaceous plant native to Eurasia that reaches a height of 1 meter. The flowers of this Delphinium are deep or bright blue to violet, and from pink to purple. They can also be bicolor.

Delphinium grandiflorum

View of the Delphinium grandiflorum

Image – Wikimedia Commons / David J. Stang

It is a perennial herb Originally from China and Russia that reaches a height of between 40 and 50 centimeters in height. Its flowers are bright blue.

Gray dolphin

View of the Delphinium glaucum

Image – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It is a annual herbaceous plant native to North America that grows to a height of 3 meters. Its flowers are dark blue to deep purple.

Delphinium nudicaule

View of the Delphinium nudicaule

It is a perennial herb native to North America, from the Sierra Nevada to the things of California and Oregon. It grows between 30 and 60 centimeters, and produces red flowers.

Nuttallian dolphin

View of the Delphinium nuttalianum

Image – Flickr / Thayne Tuason

It is a annual herb native to western North America that reaches a height of 50 centimeters. The flower of this horse spur is dark purple to light blue, or sometimes white.

Delphinium staphysagria

View of the Delphinium staphisagria

Image – Wikimedia / H.Zell

It is a annual or biennial herb native to the Mediterranean region that reaches a height of up to 1 meter. It produces deep blue flowers.

tricorn delphinium

View of the Delphinium tricorne

It is a perennial Native to the eastern United States that produces white flowers with blue tones.

Delphinium trolliifolium

View of the Delphinium trolliifolium

Image – Wikimedia / Walter Siegmund

It is a annual herb native to Oregon and northern California that reaches a height of 1,20 meters. Produces blue flowers.

What are cares?

Delphinium in the field

If you want to have a copy, we recommend that you provide it with the following care:


Delphinium or delphinium can be in full sun or in semi-shadethe only thing you have to keep in mind is that if you decide to protect your delphinium from the star king it must be in an area where it receives more light than shadow.


  • Flower pot: universal culture substrate mixed with perlite in equal parts. You can get the first here! and the second here!
  • the garden: it is indifferent as long as it has good drainage.


The frequency of irrigation will vary depending on the climate, the location, among others. But overall, It is advisable to water 3-4 times a week in summer and every 4-5 days the rest of the year. In any case, he thinks that it is easier to recover a dry plant than one that has suffered excess watering, so in case of doubt it is better to check the humidity of the soil.

Potted plants must be watered from time to time

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In addition, it is important to water well; that is, ensure that the water reaches the root. That if it is in a pot is easy: you just have to water until the water comes out through the drainage holes; On the other hand, if it is in the garden and depending on the size of the plant, it may need about 2 liters of water.


From spring to late summer it is interesting to pay it so that it grows well, with a organic fertilizer powder if it is in the garden or liquid if it is potted. The most interesting are guano, as it is very complete and has a rapid efficiency, and cow manure if it is on the ground.

Planting or transplanting time

Delphiniums are herbs

The ideal time to plant it in the ground is in springwhen the risk of frost has passed. If you have it in a pot, you should move it to a larger one every time you see roots coming out of the drainage holes.

Larkspur Multiplication

Larkspur multiplies by seeds in spring. To do this, sow them in hotbed with universal substrate, and put them outside, in semi-shade.

They will germinate in about 15 days.


It depends on the species, but in general it supports up to -2ºC.

Enjoy your plant.

Larkspur, the best flower plant in the world

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