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Delphinium elatum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials..
All parts of the plant are toxic[
]. The plant is most toxic when it is young[
E. Asia - Western Himalayas from Kashmir to Kumaon.
Temperate areas from 3000 - 3600 metres[
]. Grassy slopes at elevations of 1900 - 2100 metres in Tibet[
Prefers a rich well-drained soil that stays moist in the summer[
]. Dislikes water-logged soils[
], it is liable to die out in heavy soils over winter[
]. Requires an open sunny position[
This species is the main parent of the many tall hybrid forms of delphiniums that are commonly grown as garden ornamentals[
A variable species in the wild, varying in height from 40cm to 2 metres[
A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[
The whole plant, but especially the seeds, is anthelmintic, aperient, diuretic and emetic[
The seed contains 1.7% alkaloids and is used as an insecticide[
Seed - sow early to mid spring in a cold frame or May outdoors[
]. Keep moist and in a shady position until germination takes place[
]. The seed has a limited viability so it should be stored in a sealed container at about 3°c[
]. Temperatures above 15°c inhibit germination[
]. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 9 weeks at 15°c[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer.
Cuttings of basal shoots in mid spring, taken before they become hollow at the base, and planted in a cold frame[
Division in spring[
] or early autumn[