Common Name: Hybrid Bee Delphinium
Bold spires of very dark bluish-purple flowers with white or brown bees stand up to 6′ tall, adding a dramatic presence to the landscape in early summer. Approximately 10% of these flowers will be either white or pale mauve and are often double flowered. Removing spent flower spikes will result in another round of blooms on secondary spikes in late summer and fall. However, its large, coarsly textured leaves make this plant attractive even when it’s not in bloom.
The English hybrid type of delphiniums are bred by New Zealand Delphiniums and are hand crossed to produce the highest quality seed. These F1 hybrids have excellent form, strong stems, and a vigorous growth habit. They were selected for their improved tolerance of heat and humidity, while retaining their cold hardiness.
Delphinium are a classic garden perennial. These plants are excellent for adding height to small spaces. Their tall flower spikes are easily recognizable when they come into flower in summer. When in flower, the spikes of these plants become heavy and should be staked to avoid toppling over in rough weather, especially taller varieties. Newer hybrids are longer lived than some of the more traditional cultivars.
Deer and rabbit resistant. Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.