Delphinium 'Pagan Purples'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Series Name: NEW MILLENNIUM™ Delphiniums|
Common Name: Delphinium-Hybrid Bee
Bold spires of very dark bluish-purple flowers with white or brown bees stand up to 6' tall, adding a dramatic presence to the landscape in early summer. Approximately 10% of these flowers will be either white or pale mauve and are often double flowered. Removing spent flower spikes will result in another round of blooms on secondary spikes in late summer and fall. However, its large, coarsly textured leaves make this plant attractive even when it's not in bloom.
The English hybrid type of delphiniums are bred by Dowdeswell's Delphiniums in New Zealand and are hand crossed to produce the highest quality seed. These F1 hybrids have excellent form, strong stems, and a vigorous growth habit. They were selected for their improved tolerance of heat and humidity, while retaining their cold hardiness.
Breeder: Terry Dowdeswell
Introducer: Dowdeswell's Delphiniums
Origin: Not Native to North America
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Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
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Delphiniums thrive in the cooler climates of the north country, though they will grow as far south as zone 7. The New Millenium hybrids, however, tend to be more tolerant of heat and humidity. They grow best in rich, well-drained soil with a basic pH. If your soil is naturally acidic, adding lime will help to provide these conditions. They are also heavy feeders. The addition of compost or manure to the soil as well the use of granular fertilizer will result in healthier, stronger plants.
Delphiniums can be grown in full sun or partial shade, though full sun may help to prevent powdery mildew. When planting, be sure to set the crown at or above soil level to avoid rot. Since their stems are hollow, taller varieties of Delphiniums should be staked to prevent damage from wind and rain. These new hybrids tend to be longer lived than their short-lived cousins but may be propagated from basal cuttings.