Larkspurs and Mugho shrub - Knowledgebase Question

kalamazoo, MI
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Question by dfgquilter
March 25, 2007
Hi... I am in zone 5. Ive seen Larkspurs at nursery centers. Are they annuals? or do they reseed and come up again? Do they grow easily from seed?
I have some Mugho evergreen shrubs that need some trimming. When can I do this safely? I just want to take about 6 inches off on some branches. How much can I safely take off? Thanks, Dorian

Answer from NGA
March 25, 2007
Larkspur (Consolida ambigua) is an annual. They are easy to start from seed and will reseed year to year.

Trim evergreen shrubs in late winter/early spring just before new growth starts. Don't remove more than one-quarter of the plant in a growing season.

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