Scientific name - delphinium ajacis L.
Synonyms - consolidated ajacis.
Popular names - panache.
Distribution and Habitat - a species native to southern Europe.
Description - annual species. Stems erect, 30-90 cm, simple or branched rich, finely pubescent. Leaves petiolate lower stems, digital sectors, the upper nearly sessile, all with lacinii narrow linear, acuminate, pubescent. Bractei simple, linear. Flowers in raceme simple, more or less dense, about three inches long, bluish-purple, with petals more open, rarely pink or white. Brush with leaflets ovate, 15-17 cm long, 15 mm long spurs, often slightly curved upwards. Nectarios united with three lobes and a spur. Stamens with filaments widened, surrounding the ovary. Blooms in June-August. Solitary follicles, 15-25 mm long, style short, hairy or glabrescent. Seeds numerous, long, 2.5 – 2.8 mm, rough.
Propagation - by seeds.
Properties and Uses - forms horticultural species grown in full flower in different colors, rarely subspontana.
Curiosity - Delphinion = dolphin, the name given by Dioscorides, on the spur of flowers suggesting the animal form.
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