Delphinium elatum
Buttercup family (Ranunculaceae)

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Delphinium elatum is a species of flowering plant in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, known by the common name alpine delphinium or candle larkspur. There are several popular cultivars covering a range of colours from blue and purple to pink, cream, and white, which are grown as ornamental plants. D. elatum is also a source of hybrids.


Cultivar series include Magic Fountains, Pacific giant, Dwarf Pacific, New Millennium, and Aurora (six varieties: Blue, Deep Purple, Lavender, Light Blue, Light Purple and White).

The following cultivars have received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit:-

  • 'Lord Butler'
  • 'Sungleam'
  • 'Sweethearts' (New Millennium Series)


Seven C19-norditerpenoid alkaloids, N-formyl-4,19-secopacinine, iminoisodelpheline, iminodelpheline, iminopaciline, 6-dehydroeladine, elpacidine, and melpheline, can be isolated from Delphinium elatum.


Further reading

Kondo, Toru; Chu, Eiichi; Kageyama, Koji (September 2013). "Stem canker and wilt of delphinium caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp delphinii in Japan". Journal of General Plant Pathology. 79 (5): 370–373. doi:10.1007/s10327-013-0465-3. S2CID 9903308. Retrieved 29 April 2015.

External links

  • Naturegate: Delphinium elatum



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