Consolida regalis Blue Cloud doesn’t shoot up a single spike like most larkspurs. Instead it sends flocks of bushy 5-petaled rich blue ½" florets on wispy foliage, which en masse give the effect of clouds. Its tiny seed pods are equally decorative. Will self-sow vigorously. ~800 seeds/g. ③
5169 Blue Cloud Larkspur
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Annual. Formerly known as Delphinium consolida. Delphinium-like long-stemmed flower spikes are used as cutflowers or in dried arrangements. Upright 3-4' tall plants.
Culture: Likes cool moist conditions. Very slow to give in to fall frosts. May be direct seeded in early spring or started indoors and grown on at 55° and set out in 8 weeks. Does not germinate well in warmer temperatures. Refrigerating for a week improves germination. Cut when one third of the flowers on the stem are open. For cuts, vase life is 6–8 days. Excellent for drying. Self-sows readily. ~330 seeds/g. except for Blue Cloud.
All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.
Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.
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