How to Grow Gorgeous Rocket Larkspur

The colorful Rocket Larkspur is also knows as Delphinium ajacis.
Rocket Larkspur is easy to grow and is considered as a garden favorite. This annual flower is native to Europe, but also grows in North America. Rocket Larkspur is an excellent cut flower and comes in many varieties of colors: white, pink, blue and purple.
Larkspur symbolizes a fickle heart.

Rocket Larkspur prefers full sun or partial shade and a well-drained soil. This deer resistant flower grows between 24-36 inches tall. You can plant Rocket Larkspur in spring or fall. Rocket Larkspur germinates best in cool weather. Larkspur can be started indoors, but do not forget to transplant them later.
Rocket Larkspur blooms April through September and after the beautiful flowers fade, you will see that the plant will produce a brown seed pot, which can be easily dispersed by the wind.
Do not forget to water the plants regularly. It is recommended to avoid overwatering, because it could cause root rot.
Be careful with the seeds and leaves, because they are poisonous if consumed.

Rocket Larkspur will attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies to your garden.

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28 thoughts on “How to Grow Gorgeous Rocket Larkspur

  1. Thanks for this advice. I sowed larkspur this spring but didn’t have good germination, there are two plants ready to be planted out. I think they must have been too warm in the propagator, Do you chill the seeds in a fridge before sowing?.

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  3. I’d really like to try larkspur next year – but I am a little concerned about what you said about the seeds and leaves being poisonous as we have chickens… I shall have to investigate… lovely flowers though – the pink ones are smashing.

  4. Beautiful photos. I was just looking at these at a local market in town and thought they’d be a nice addition. My goal is having a few gardens on my property. Right now the garden I’m working on borders my deck, do these self seed? I’m thinking I should wait and plant them in another spot in the yard if that’s the case. Thanks!

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