Larkspur - Garden Basics - Flower - Annual
This traditional cottage garden flower is related to delphiniums, but will grow to a height of only 20 to 28 inches. They make a beautiful display in drifts or as a background to smaller annuals. Flowers in shades of red, pink, white and violet grow on spikes.
Larkspur can be grown in most areas, but will not do well in tropical regions. Choose a location with well-drained soil that receives full sun and has protection from strong winds. Enrich the soil with manure or compost a couple of weeks before planting.
Sow the seeds directly where they are to grow. Plants should be spaced about 6 inches apart. At this distance they will hold each other up and will not require staking. Larkspur needs regular deep waterings, but be careful not to leave them standing in water. Sidedress monthly, and watch for aphids.
Larkspur makes an excellent cut flower. Cut long stems and scald the ends before soaking in cool water.
red, pink, white and violet
spring and summer
rich in organic matter, well drained
not suited to tropical or dry regions
bed, border, drifts, cutflowers