Vigorous, basil branching plants with unusually long stems and large double florets spaced closely together. Shatter resistant blooms come in lovely, clear colours including dark blue, pink shades, white and more. Towering plants to 90 cm (3′) high make an impressive statement for the back of the border. May self-sow and establish persistent stands. In Zones 5 & 6, direct sowing in mid to late April produces excellent results. Protect seedlings from extremes such as frost or heavy rain when establishing.
How to Grow
325 seed/gram. It is best to plant this variety directly outdoors in a sunny area, as it does not transplant well. Sow seed in late April or early May 3 mm (1/8″) deep – keep the seedbed moist during the 14-day germination period. Thin the seedlings to 20 cm (8″) apart. Consolida is of the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. Originally from western Europe. The common name, Larkspur is sometimes also used as a name for Delphiniums. Consolida flowers differ from Delphinium in that the flowers are open and branched, rather than the column of flowers found in Delphinium. Also Delphinium species are often perennial, all Consolida species are annual.