Mutant delphinium

twroszJuly 24, 2014

Nice to see these flowers produced on one stem of my favorite white delphinium. I believe the plant is healthy and not something caused by aster yellows, I haven't seen any of that in my yard for two years now, thankfully! I guess it could also be a seedling and that will be determined when I dig and remove that portion to grow on its own. The mom produces exceedingly few seeds, though her children can be rather remarkable.

Terrance

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twrosz

Here's the mother plant ... she requires dividing, though has not been touched in 6 or 7 years and has chugged along with just a sprinkle of fertilizer each spring ... her spikes will again be larger when she's given more attention.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 5:34PM
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woodyoak zone 5 Canada(5b)

One advantage you cold zone gardeners have is killer delphiniums! There are delphinium varieties that look somewhat like that - i.e. greenish flowers. I'd be inclined to save the seeds from that, plant them, and see what you get next year....

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 7:04PM
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a2zmom(6a - nj)

wow, that's gorgeous!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 10:39PM
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twrosz

woodyoak ... yes, delphiniums do very well in this climate with our generally very pleasant moderate summer temperatures and low humidity. I've grown hundreds of delphiniums over the years, though gave them up due to the staking issue, but have held onto this one as it usually stays upright no matter the weather.

Thanks a2zmom, I do think it's pretty darn gorgeous myself :)

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 12:24AM
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rouge21_gw(5)

Incredible twrosz! That is breathtaking. Now if you have any extra seeds hanging around come this fall....... ;).

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 6:10AM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

I'm dumbstruck that is so beautiful!

OK, note to self: White Delph on must have list for next spring.

Kevin

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 11:07AM
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bellarosa(z5/IL)

Wow..they are beautiful! What's the variety?

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 2:00PM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

The black eyes really make that one. Absolutely gorgeous. And I LOVE your mutant!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 3:23PM
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twrosz

Today, I removed this section of plant and indeed it's a mutation and not a seedling, so that's kinda cool. I potted and will tend it before setting out when it becomes established.

bellarosa, the mother plant is a self sown seedling and a nice surprise, as I hadn't grown any white delphiniums prior.

rouge, I'll drop you an email sometime soon.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 9:03PM
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