Delphinium andersonii

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Weiser
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Delphinium andersonii

In the dry west one of the more common Delphiniums found in dry mountain foot hills is Delphinium andersonii. It starts to show green rosettes of foliage as early as March in the western Sierra foot hills at about the 5000' to 7000' elevations. By early May the 24"-30" wands are making their presence known. Their calling cards are, airy vertical wands studded in brilliant blue blossoms.This Delphinium is summer dormant, so works well as a companion plant for late bloomers. I use it planted with Opuntias, Cylindropuntias and Spuria Iris. I find it easy to grow and have it seeding around sparingly. It can take very dry conditions in it's dormant state. With adequate spring moisture it puts on a month long display.

Lori S.
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The flowers are stunning!  Thanks for posting it, John.

Lori Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3 -30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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When I saw this the color reminded me of one Delphinium I saw on Mt Kenya, East Africa. But the color was a paler blue of that species.Excuse for the not-so-good picture.

Trond Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Weiser
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HoyI never thought about Delphiniums growing in Africa. Thank you for sharing and educating me.

Your shot reminds me of some of the California desert Delphiniums with pale colored flowers Delphinium inopinum in particular.

From the High Desert Steppe of the Great Basin and the Eastern Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierrarainshadow/ John P Weiser

Hoy
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Weiser wrote:

Your shot reminds me of some of the California desert Delphiniums with pale colored flowers Delphinium inopinum in particular.

May the climate have something to do with the color? My shot was from a bush fire area and I saw this species most often in dry often recently burnt areas.

Trond Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Boland
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John, that Delphinium is electric!  Trond, that is a funky African species...nice pastel shade.  I too never knew delphiniums were native to Africa.

Todd Boland St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada Zone 5b 1800 mm precipitation per year

Hoy
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Todd wrote:

John, that Delphinium is electric!  Trond, that is a funky African species...nice pastel shade.  I too never knew delphiniums were native to Africa.

I didn't know either - before I found them iin the alpine zone of Mt Kenya, 3000m+.  Here's another picture - not quite sharp and with unsightly dead shrub in the background.

Trond Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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