Delphinium elatum

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Delphinium elatum
Delphinium elatum - Dauphinelle - JPG.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Delphinium
Species: D. elatum
Binomial name
Delphinium elatum

Delphinium elatum is a species of Delphinium known by the common name alpine delphinium[1] or candle larkspur. There are several popular cultivars covering a range of colours from blue and purple to pink, cream, and white,[2] which are grown as ornamental plants. D. elatum is also a source of hybrids.


Cultivar series include Magic Fountains,[3] Pacific giant,[4] Dwarf Pacific, New Millenium and Aurora (six varieties: Blue, Deep Purple, Lavender, Light Blue, Light Purple and White).[5]


Seven C19-norditerpenoid alkaloids, N-formyl-4,19-secopacinine, iminoisodelpheline, iminodelpheline, iminopaciline, 6-dehydroeladine, elpacidine, and melpheline, can been isolated from Delphinium elatum. [6]


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  2. ^ Sunset: Delphinium elatum
  3. ^ Royal Horticultural Society
  4. ^ Missouri Botanical Garden
  5. ^ Greenhouse Grower
  6. ^ Chiba, R; Kanazawa, R; Matsuoka, K; Nakata, A; Tosho, Y; Asakawa, E; Suzuki, M; Ikuta, M; Yamashita, H; Wada, K (Jul 2014). "Seven C19-norditerpenoid alkaloids from Delphinium elatum". Planta Medica. 80 (10): 800. doi:10.1055/s-0034-1382523. 

Further reading[edit]

Kondo, Toru; Chu, Eiichi; Kageyama, Koji (September 2013). "Stem canker and wilt of delphinium caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp delphinii in Japan". Journal of General Plant Pathology. 79 (5): 370–373. doi:10.1007/s10327-013-0465-3. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 

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