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Delphinium menziesii - DC.

Common Name Menzies' Larkspur
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards All parts of the plant are toxic[172]. The plant is most toxic when it is young[200].
Habitats Coastal bluffs and prairies to lower montane meadows[60]. Meadows and open woodlands from sea level to 1000 metres[270].
Range Western N. America - British Columbia to California.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Delphinium menziesii Menzies


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Delphinium menziesii is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from Apr to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Parasiticide;  Poultice.

A poultice of the stalks and roots has been applied to sores[257].

Other Uses

Dye;  Parasiticide.

A parasiticide is obtained from the leaves[172]. It is quite toxic and so is for external use only. A blue dye can be obtained from the flowers[257].

Cultivation details

Prefers a rich well-drained soil[111, 200]. Dislikes water-logged soils[200]. Requires an open sunny position[188]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54].

Propagation

Seed - sow March/April in a cold frame or May outdoors[111]. Keep moist and in a shady position until germination takes place[175]. The seed has a limited viability so it should be stored in a sealed container at about 3°c[200]. Temperatures above 15°c inhibit germination[175]. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 9 weeks at 15°c[175]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Cuttings of basal shoots in April/May, taken before they become hollow at the base, and planted in a cold frame[111]. Division in spring[111] or early autumn[200].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Delphinium caeruleum 01
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Delphinium denudatum 01
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Delphinium glaucumGiant Larkspur, Sierra larkspur00
Delphinium nudicauleRed Larkspur, Larkspur01
Delphinium nuttallianumLarkspur, Twolobe larkspur00
Delphinium semibarbatumZalil01
Delphinium staphisagriaStavesacre02

 

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