Purple Larkspur - Delphinium/Consolida. The purple larkspur is a tall, graceful flower that adds color depth and old garden beauty to flowerbeds. The annual can reach a height of between one and four feet depending on the variety. People like them so much that they add them as cut flowers to a gorgeous bouquet. Some folks also like to hang the flowers upside down to air-dry for use in dried flower arrangements. Another plus is the flower's lightly sweet scent. The pretty plant thrives in full sun to light shade and prefers fertile and well-drained soil. The USDA recommends plant hardiness zones 2 to 10, but most larkspur varieties grow optimally in areas with cool, moist summers and mild winters.
Experts also recommend planting Purple Larkspur delicate, purple beauties away from windy areas that can damage the stems. Sheltered places are best for the purple larkspur to maintain its vertical beauty and avoid breakage.
The classic cottage garden appeal of the purple larkspur makes it an ideal choice to grow among its sister cottage plants like black-eyed Susans, daisies, lavender, and coneflowers. Also, these annuals are simple to grow, and a little compost or manure can help them tolerate a more massive soil base. The purple larkspur features elongated petals that some say resemble spurs and also has multiple tiny buds. The purple larkspur is a vintage type of flower that has been around for many years when the early colonists brought them to America. These flowers have developed quite a significant meaning or symbolism over time. For instance, the larkspur stands for a pure heart, affection, a desire for laughter and a sweet disposition.
The purple larkspur is also symbolic of first love, and the flower also has meaning in Christian legend, Native American culture and Greek mythology.
Larkspur is a plant, which is a part of the buttercup family. This is a flower that returns annually blooming from summer through fall. The plants will flower until the first frost. The flower grows best in areas that are cool with moist summers. The flower is a vertical bloom that is of an irregular shape and grouped on the end of the plant's stem. The flower is a combination of petals and sepals that can hold colors from blue to violet. Each flower is densely packed on tall stems and between 1/4 and 1/2 inch in size. Some leaves have a fern-like appearance while others are thin with pointed tips in a medium to dark green. The stems are long with the flowers that bloom at the top of the stem. This is a flower that is good for the garden, boarding the driveway or walkway and the type of flower that can be cut for table vases. It first was introduced in 16th century England from Italy and became one of the most common flowers in gardens. The flower is easy to grow and will tolerate most soil types but grows best in light draining soil. Heavier soils should be mixed with compost, and in areas known for windy conditions, the stems may need to be staked or grown along a fence.