Beautiful Texas Native

wantonamara Z8 CenTexMay 25, 2014

I want to show this beautiful Texas Native that grows without water on crappy hill country soil. Delphinium Carolinianum, or perennial Larkspur. It comes in varying colors from dark blues to white. I am going to be collecting more seed from various patches that I have identified. One needs to abrade the seed to get quick germination. My first experiment , I just threw out seed on my land 10 years ago and some are slowly germinating now. later , I abraded the seed and planted in the warm fall and a got a lot of rosettes. They grow slow for me but I don't water once established. maybe in your well attended gardens they would grow faster. They lived through the drought without water, just no blooms.I think seed is available from Native American Seed. I want MORE plants.

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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

Very pretty!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 1:13PM
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mrs.wiggley(8 Hill Country)

Lovely plant! Thanks for the pics and info.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 1:54PM
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Lynn Marie

They are beautiful!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 11:06AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Absolutely beautiful! I don't remember ever knowing about them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Native American Seeds indeed does sell seeds ...

    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 12:20PM
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PKponder TX(7b)

They are beautiful! Are they all in full sun or can they take more shade?

    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 12:41PM
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linda_tx8(8)

I've had those for years. This year not many, but not much did well this spring.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 1:42PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

They like the edge of a field with a tree or brush not far from shade but still sun of and on. We are having a good year for them. I will be collecting them from roadsides , I hope. I want more.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 8:13PM
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cynthianovak

Thank you for sharing this....love it!

    Bookmark   May 27, 2014 at 1:24AM
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beachplant(9b)

very nice!
Tally Ho!

    Bookmark   May 27, 2014 at 11:32AM
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marti8a

I've been noticing these on the side of the roads lately too.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2014 at 10:44PM
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jardineratx

Thanks for the information on this beautiful Texas Native. I have an area that I have dedicated to wildflowers that I have been so happy with. At this time, I have Ratibida, bluebonnets and standing cypress growing there and I would love to add some more blue to this bed. Is this plant evergreen? Is it an early spring bloomer?
I read on another post the information on Thelesperma filifolium and I plan to also add that plant to this native area. I see that they are both available from American Native Seed.
Molly

    Bookmark   May 28, 2014 at 8:52AM
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castro_gardener

Mara, do you think Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg might have seeds for these ? They're awesome! I hope you'll be able to start some for a future swap ! Put me on the list! Thanks for sharing.

patty

    Bookmark   May 28, 2014 at 2:14PM
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cagoldbear(9a - Houston)

How gorgeous!! I have planted some Rocket Larkspur that I was hoping might get to flowering and reseeding by the fall, but right now I just have 6" seedlings, so I'll probably have to reseed this fall. Thank you for sharing!!!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2014 at 5:50PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

cagoldbear, You need to plant annual larkspur in November to get them to bloom in the spring.

Linda, What color is your population? I am looking for some dark blue ones. Most that are around me are pale colors.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2014 at 11:54PM
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bostedo(8a tx-bp-dfw)

Delphiniums come to our yard to die.... nice to see a native that might do otherwise.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 11:51AM
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linda_tx8(8)

Mara, mine aren't any bluer than the photos above. Trouble was, the local ones were bluer, but I had brought in the white ones from Helotes also without realizing they would cross and over the years all that was left were the lighter blue ones, after I pulled up the white ones. If the drought would let up long enough, maybe I could find enough bluer ones in the wild to collect seeds from!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 3:02PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Cool, That would be great if you could find some blue ones. I think I saw some on th e Southwest Parkway some years ago. I should drive down and check. I actually like these lighter ones better but it would be nice to get them both.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 8:40PM
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loispi

We have some of those growing wild on our property but there are also so,e along Spring Branch Rd. (Not the Houston Spring Branch)

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 9:44PM
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