Delphinium Black Eyed Angels
Delphinium 'Black  Eyed Angels' photo courtesy of Dowdeswell's Delphiniums


'Black Eyed Angels' produces tall spires of frilly, white flowers with black bees. The stems are very strong, holding up well in the landscape. Planted en masse, they make a magnificent display in early summer.
This English hybrid type of delphiniums was bred by New Zealand Delphiniums. These F1 hybrids have excellent form, strong stems, and a vigorous growth habit. They have been selected for their improved tolerance of heat and humidity, while retaining their cold hardiness. This series have proven to be good performers in our trial garden.

  • Height: 100-130 cm (3-4 ft)
  • Spread: 45-60 cm (18-24 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3-7
  • Sun or Shade: minimum 6 hours of direct sun
  • Bloom Time: early summer
  • Leaf Colour: Geen
  • Bloom Colour: white
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies and bees

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Delphiniums generally thrive in cooler climates so avoid planting where it is extremely hot and sun baked.  They grow best in rich, well-drained soil with a basic pH. If your soil is naturally acidic, adding lime will help to provide these conditions. They are also heavy feeders. The addition of compost or manure to the soil will result in healthier, stronger plants.
Delphiniums can be grown in full sun or partial shade.  Good air circulation may help to prevent powdery mildew. When planting, be sure to set the crown at or above soil level to avoid rot. Since their stems are hollow, taller varieties of Delphiniums should be staked to prevent damage from wind and rain. These new hybrids tend to be longer lived than their short-lived cousins but may be propagated from basal cuttings.

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