Delphinium exaltatum Aiton
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
USDA Symbol: DEEX
A large, coarse plant with a 2-6 ft. leafy stem; deep-green, lobed leaves; and blue, spurred flowers in a loose, narrow, terminal spike.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AL , KY , MD , ME , MO , NC , OH , PA , TN , VA , WV
Native Distribution: PA to NC, w. to OH & AL
Native Habitat: Woods; slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Soil Description: Rich, calcareous soils.
Conditions Comments: Gives midsummer color and requires no special care.
PropagationDescription: Propagation by seeds and division.
Seed Collection: Seeds are formed dry in a pod, which call for close observation in order to collect seeds before they are thrown out.
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Enchanter's Garden - Hinton, WV
American Native Nursery - Quakertown, PA
Prairie Nursery - Westfield, WI
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
Bibliography* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Delphinium exaltatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Delphinium exaltatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff