Delphinium Dusky Maidens

Marvellous maidens.

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Awesome spires of dusky pink florets with black bees. Exceptional in the garden and in a vase, Dowdeswell Delphiniums are the best around.

Dowdeswell Delphiniums have strong stems that are loaded with stunning flowers. The plants are tall and vigorous.

As a more heat tolerant Delphinium variety, Dowdeswell Delphiniums are New Zealand bred and cope well in Australian conditions. With a little care, they are also repeat flowering. Once the first bloom has finished, cut the stem right back and add some fertiliser, the second flower stem will open late summer to autumn.

Plant Dowdeswell Delphiniums in full sun to light shade. Ensure you allow good air flow between plants. Dowdeswell Delphiniums need a cool to temperate climate to grow and perform at their best. Plant in a position that is protected from strong winds. In open positions, it is a good idea to provide staking for the tall flower stems, this is a bit of extra work, but like the old saying goes, beauty is pain! And these plants are definitely beautiful.

Grow Dowdeswell Delphiniums in a humus rich, moist, well drained soil, they tend to rot if left sitting in water so drainage is vital. Delphiniums are heavy feeders, so to flower at their best they need to be fertilised well. A well rotted sheep manure and some mulch is recommended. Water in well, and then keep moist during active growth.

It is a good idea to protect Dowdeswell Delphiniums from slugs and snails, especially while young as they find them delicious.

Code

DEDDN

Botantical name

Delphinium elatum

Height

90-160cm

Width

45-60cm

Flowers

Summer to Autumn

Climate

Cool to Mediterranean

Availability

Australia wide

Aspect

Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as

Pots

Water needs

2