Common Names: Delphinium

Botanical names: Delphinium, (del-FIN-ee-um)

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 4 to 12 days; varies greatly by species and cultivar

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Spike shaped clusters of flowers 8 to 20 inches long on stems 18 to 48 inches long. Flowers are disc shaped, trumpet shaped, or dolphin shaped.

Color: Lavender, blue, dark blue, pink, purple, red, white

Botanical facts: The name is from the Greek word delphis (dolphin) referring to the shape of the flowers.

Design notes: Large spikes are wonderful for massed arrangements and garden designs. Useful as a line flower. Some varieties work well as fillers.

Purchasing hints: Purchase spikes with open flowers on the lower quarter of the spike and well-formed buds showing on the upper three quarters of the spike. Avoid spikes that are shattering blossoms and any stems with mildew infested foliage.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut under water with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Shattering blossoms or blossom fall is a sign of ethylene damage.