Plants for Hummingbirds

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  • Delphinium exaltatum Tall Larkspur

    lavender or purple spikes of trumpets

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    Fabulous, lavender or purple spikes of trumpets on tall stems in July to August.

    Size: 3-5' x 9"
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well drained soil. Withstands winds, no staking needed. Not fussy like fancy hybrids.
    Native: From Minnesota to Alabama, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attract hummingbirds

    Delphinium, named by Dioscorides, is Greek for “dolphin” due to the resemblance of the flower shape.  Cultivated by Jefferson at Monticello where he planted it in the NW quarter of the outer border in March 1811.

  • Delphinium grandiflorum ‘Blue Butterfly’ Z 4-8

    Picture a dangling blue elf cap for the flower.

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    Picture a dangling cornflower blue elf cap for the flower. Blooms in June and repeats if deadheaded.

    Size: 12-18" x 9"
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil.
    Native: Siberia, China & Japan
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds

    Dr. Johann Ammann sent the seeds of this Delphinium from the Imperial Academy at St. Petersburg to Peter Collinson in England in 1736. ‘Blue Butterfly’ selected by 1900. Gertrude Jekyll, mother of the mixed perennial garden valued ‘Blue Butterfly’ for its “pure blue,” late 1800’s.

  • Delphinium tricorne Dwarf larkspur, Spring larkspur Z 4-8

    Spring ephemeral of blue delphinium elf-cap spikes – an absolute delight. Substitute these for tulips, a favorite food of deer and rabbits

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    OUT OF STOCK – Available to order in Spring only

    Spring ephemeral of blue delphinium elf-cap spikes – an absolute delight. Substitute these for tulips, a favorite food of deer and rabbits

    Size: 18-24” – 6-9”
    Care: sun to shade in moist well-drained to moist soil
    Native: PA to IA, s. to GA, AL, AR & e. OK
    Wildlife Value: food for hummingbirds and butterflies; deer & rabbit resistant.

    Collected by Andre Michaux c. 1800. Cherokee used this for heart ailments and reported that it makes cows intoxicated and they die. The name tricorne comes from the 3-cornered shape of its seeds, like the shape of colonial hats with brims turned up on three sides.

  • Delphinium vestitum syn. D. chitralicum syn. D. rectivenium, qian lie cui que in China, Clothed Delphinium, Flowers of India Z 6-10

    Spikes of purple-blue with deep black centers rise above large rounded leaves. Blooms in August-Sept

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    Spikes of purple-blue with deep black centers rise above large rounded leaves. Blooms in August-Sept

    Size: 24” x10”
    Care: full sun to part shade
    Native: Himalayas
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees & butterflies

    Nathaniel Wallich had already described Delphinium vestitum but the name was validly published by John Forbes Royle in 1834.