Towering above most ornamental garden plants, the bloom spikes of one plant, delphinium elatum, are as blue as the sky they reach toward. Used in cottage gardens and herbaceous borders, their lush foliage forms attractive mounds when not in bloom.
With blooms ranging from bisque white to deep cobalt blue, delphiniums are celebrated for their rich color and striking texture. Part of the Ranunculeae family, there are over 250 species of delphinium, but the Delphinium elatum variety is the preferred cultivar for showy flower gardens. Also called Bee or Candle Larkspur, Delphinium elatum has been extensively bred for height, hardiness, and large blooms.
The darker center of each flower is referred to as a “bee.” Delphinium flowers are associated with protection and love, as well as reaching for the impossible.