Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Tall Larkspur (Delphinium exaltatum)
    Buttercup Family
    This tall, rich blue to purple wildflower is a perfect woodland edge plant. Its late summer blooms provide plenty of nectar for all the migrating butterflies and hummingbirds. Prefers to have richer soil, but should be OK in average soil as long as it drains well. It is rhizomatous, so will spread over time, but is not overly aggressive. Plant with Anise Goldenrod, Thimbleweed, or Cherokee Sedge.
    Blooms: Purple, 4-5 weeks, July-Sept.
    Leaves: Bushy, lobed leaves get smaller as they go up the stem
    Height: 3-5’
    Space: 18-24”
    Soil: Average-Moist
    Exposure: Part sun-Part shade
    Fauna: Hummingbird and butterfly favorite
    Seeds: 3-4” skinny, green pods filled with brown pellet-like seeds
    Deer Resistance:High
    Zone: 4-8
    Native Status: NC native, rare in the Piedmont and Mountains
    Provenance: Unknown, seed grown