Delphinium ‘Aurora Deep Purple’
Years Trialed: 2002
Gorgeous purple flower (4); Stiff stems, nice full florets, overlapping petals; Being a delphinium is a good quality on its own, this variety didn’t stand out in any way; Nice full spikes, and good vase life – Will grow again; Seemed to be more heat tolerant than ‘Pacific Giant’ Series – Also, more compact/sturdy flower and plant with less susceptibility to toppling over; Big, beautiful stems, striking petal/ bee contrast; Very strong even when grown organically without extra fertility; Great uniforms, cut three times during the season.
Too short (3); Variable, timing and stem height on first stem – Long term may not matter much; Only few bloomed – didn’t do well in heat (Zone 8a); Not much vegetative canopy made for lots of weeds to be removed – Lower flowers dropped very early; I never got any flower stems worth writing about – I think the late start due to the wet spring and not being able to get into the field set these back – The only flowers were on 12 inch stems, very pale lavender color, sort of washed out looking; Not productive enough, all our other delphinium did better than these; Nothing this year, some plants survived the heat and should bloom next year.
|Yield (stems/plant)||Stem Length (inches)||Market Appreciation Rating¹||Repeat Again Rating¹||Ease of Cultivation Rating¹||Average Spacing (in2)|
|Range of Responses||0-10||5-36||1-5||3-5||1-5||1-5||1-5||36-280|
¹1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
301 Natividad Rd.
Salinas, CA 93906