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Uses

Toxic parts

All parts of the plant are toxic[1]. The plant is most toxic when it is young[2].

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Delphinium nudicaule.

Material uses

A blue dye is obtained from the flowers[3]. An ink can be made from the dye[3]. A parasiticide is obtained from the leaves[1]. It is quite toxic and so is for external use only.
There are no material uses listed for Delphinium nudicaule.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The root is considered by some native North American Indians to be highly narcotic[4][5].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow March/April in a cold frame or May outdoors[6]. Keep moist and in a shady position until germination takes place[7]. The seed has a limited viability so it should be stored in a sealed container at about 3°c[2]. Temperatures above 15°c inhibit germination[7]. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 9 weeks at 15°c[7]. 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 April/May, taken before they become hollow at the base, and planted in a cold frame[6].

Division in spring[6] or early autumn[2].

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Cultivation

Prefers a rich well-drained soil[6][2]. Dislikes water-logged soils[2]. Requires an open sunny position[8].

Plants can flower in their first year from spring-sown seed, they are reliably perennial in their native environment, but often die overwinter in most parts of Britain[2]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[9].

Slugs and snails are very attracted to this plant[2].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Delphinium nudicaule. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Delphinium nudicaule.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Delphinium nudicaule
Genus
Delphinium
Family
Ranunculaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
8
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.2 Schofield. J. J. Discovering Wild Plants - Alaska, W. Canada and the Northwest. ()
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.52.62.7 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.2 Coffey. T. The History and Folklore of North American Wild Flowers. Facts on File. ISBN 0-8160-2624-6 (1993-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.1 Weiner. M. A. Earth Medicine, Earth Food. Ballantine Books ISBN 0-449-90589-6 (1980-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-453-9 (1998-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.16.26.3 Sanders. T. W. Popular Hardy Perennials. Collingridge (1926-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.17.2 Bird. R. (Editor) Focus on Plants. Volume 5. (formerly 'Growing from seed') Thompson and Morgan. (1991-00-00)
    8. ? Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-86318-386-7 (1990-00-00)
    9. ? Hatfield. A. W. How to Enjoy your Weeds. Frederick Muller Ltd ISBN 0-584-10141-4 (1977-00-00)
    10. ? Munz. A California Flora. University of California Press (1959-00-00)

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