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Plantidote of the Day 2011-08-18

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delphinium

Delphinium

Like periwinkles, delphiniums are linked to the color blue, even though they're available in many other colors. Although you can't tell from the image above, when delphiniums are in blossom, dozens of flowers cover majestic spikes that can reach up to 8 feet tall in some varieties.

Delphiniums are easy to grow, according to experts, in any zone. They need a sunny location, rich soil and ample water and fertilizer. Slugs and snails seem to be a problem for these plants. On the other hand, birds and butterflies love delphinium, so that should make up for all the snail bait you have to buy.

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