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February 13, 2006
Botanical Name: Consolida
Life Cycle: annual
Planting Time: spring or summer
Height: 20" to 28"
Exposure: full sun, protected from strong winds
Soil: rich, well-drained soil
Hardiness:n/a, flowering will be short-lived and much less vigorous in hot and arid regions
Bloom Time: spring and summer
Flower: a variety of colors including spikes of red, pink, violet and white flowers
Foliage: green
Propagation: seeds
Suggested Use: beds, borders, cut flowers
Growing Hints: Sow seeds directly in garden in the spring. Sow them in the location you want them to grow as Larkspurs do not like to be transplanted. Plants should be spaced about 6 to 8 inches apart. Water deeply to encourage root development, but be sure the roots do not stand in water or they will be at risk for root rot. To use as cut flowers, scald ends in hot water before soaking in cool water.
Interesting Facts: Larkspurs are related to delphiniums except they only grow to a height of 20 to 28 inches. They make good substitutes for gardeners wanting the spiky look of the delphinium, but without all the extra staking care required.
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