Syn.: Delphinastrum elatum (L.) Spach, Delphinium intermedium Soland, Delphinium alpinum Waldst. et Kit., Delphinium tiroliense Kerner
Family: Ranunculaceae Juss.

Delphinium elatum

Distribution: Mountains of central Europe, northeastern Europe, southern Siberia, southeastern Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, northwestern China and northern Mongolia.

Ecology: Grows in mountain meadows and along mountain streams. It blooms from July to August.


Description: Perennial herb with a woody rhizome and erect stem up to 200 cm tall. The basal leaves are long-petiolate, deeply palmate, stem leaves are short-petiolate. The flowers in dense racemes, dark blue to blue-violet, long-spurred. The fruit is a follicle. A very variable species.

Threat and protection: The Candle Larkspur is a protected plant in Czechia.

Note: An excellent plant for cut and dried arrangements.

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Delphinium elatum

These images were taken in Czechia, Silesia, Hrubý Jeseník, Velká kotlina (July 11, 2003).