- Plant Name- Botanical Name - Larkspur - Viola Pedatifida Hardy Planting Zones- 3-8 Sun or Shade – Sun and Part Shade Mature Height - 6-9" Mature Width- 6-9" Bloom Season – Late Spring (April to June) Gardener Status- Beginner
Larkspur Plant- Consolida ajacis
Other common names for the Larkspur plant are the Rocket Larkspur or the Giant Larkspur. It is a hardy annual that blooms with pale and sapphire blue double flowers The Larkspur was introduced to North America from Eurasia as an ornamental and has since spread all over the continent. It grows wild along many railroads, open fields, and cleared forests.
Larkspur does not need much maintenance to stay healthy throughout its growing season, which is all summer. These are great flowers for borders and do well in flower beds, especially when planted alongside daisies or snapdragons. Alternately, some gardeners harvest larkspur to showcase in floral arrangements to brighten up their homes while others prefer to dry the flowers.
It should be noted that giant larkspur is toxic to some animals, such as cattle and horses, and for that reason, it makes an excellent deer deterrent. It should not be planted near pastures or corrals, and care should be taken that it is not allowed to seed these areas.