Delphinium exaltatum: Tall Larkspur NEW!


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Attractive Flowers:
Average – Dry soil:
Average to moist soil:
Beneficial Insects:
Clay Soil- High clay content, fine texture:
Deer Resistant:
Drought Tolerant:
Drought tolerant:
Dry-Moist Soil:
FAC- Occur in wetlands and non-wetlands:
Full – Part Sun (6+ hours of sun):
High Wildlife Value:
Loamy Soil- mostly silt, sand, some clay:
Moist Soil:
Native to Coastal Regions:
Native To Mountain Regions:
Native to Piedmont Regions:
Organic soil- high level of decayed leaves, bark:
Part Sun – Part Shade :
Pollinator support:
Woodland flower:
Full Sun:
Tall Larkspur is a herbaceous perennial in the buttercup family that is native to the central and eastern USA. In NC it is found mostly in the mountains in clearings or the edge of woodlands. This plant grows up to 6 feet tall and grows from rhizomes. It prefers cool summers and doesn’t do well in high humidity.

The tall flowering stem has many blue to purple and occasionally white flowers in clusters from July to Sept. that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Tall Larkspur prefers fertile moist well-drained soils in full sun. It hot summer areas it will appreciate some afternoon shade. Use in a cottage garden, borders or native gardens. Looks great in groups or mass planted.

Diseases, Insects and Problems: Diseases are powdery mildew, botrytis blight, leaf spots and crown rot. Insects are Slugs and snails, aphids, leaf miners, stem borers and mites. Staking may be required for taller plants. Poisonous.

Light:Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)

Soil Texture:High Organic MatterSoil pH:Neutral (6.0-8.0)

Soil Drainage:Good DrainageMoist

Wildlife Value:Flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds

Height: 4 ft. 0 in. – 6 ft. 0 in.Width: 1 ft. 0 in. – 1 ft. 6 in.


Resistance To Challenges:DeerRabbitsProblems:

Poisonous to Humans

Problem for Cats

Problem for Dogs

Problem for Horses