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Purple/ Lavender plants add a burst of color to any landscape
Purple larkspur is a beautiful flower that blooms from spring through summer. The flowers are usually found growing wild along roadsides or in fields. They are also known as purple coneflower.
Purple larkspur has long been considered a weed because it spreads quickly and proliferates. However, the plant has become quite popular in recent years due to its bright colors and attractive appearance. Purple larkspurs can be grown as annuals to provide color in a container garden. The plants require full sun and well-drained soil for excellent results.
Purple larkspur is easily grown and typically does best in soils rich in organic matter. The plants can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions but are not tolerant of very wet or dry conditions. Purple larkspurs require full sun and lots of water for the best flowering. For best results, it is recommended to add a large amount of organic compost to the soil before planting the seeds.
The flowers are attractive with dark pink or purple-red petals that fade to white at the edges. They grow between 15 and 30 centimeters in height, with flower buds measuring 1.5 by 2 centimeters when fully open.
In addition, they produce a few long yellowish-white stamens, which give the flower its characteristic form. It is a unique flower as it is not wind-pollinated, but insects and birds assist with seed dispersal.
Purple larkspur can be grown from seed for an early spring display in its container garden
The flowers can also be wildcrafted for use in floral arrangements or as a part of a natural landscaping design. In addition, purple larkspurs can be easily dried for use in centerpieces or bouquets.
Purple larkspur is a relatively easy plant to grow and requires little maintenance once established. The plants are long-lived and have been known to survive for more than three years in their container gardens.
Purple larkspur can be easily grown from seed and germinates readily when the conditions are right. The seeds should be planted outdoors in fall or early spring for best results.