Plains Larkspur

Plains Larkspur
Plains Larkspur
 Iralee Barnard

Plains Larkspur
Delphinium carolinianum


Family Buttercup
Longevity Perennial
Height 2 - 4 feet

Bloom Period

March April May June July August September October
  • Description: Stems are stiffly erect. Leaves are deeply divided into narrow, finger-like lobes. White or bluish-white, spurred flowers are scattered along a tall, wand-like spike.
  • Comments: The petal-like projection from the back of the larkspur flower forms a hollow, “spur” that suggests the long claw on a bird’s foot. The lower two petals are bearded with long white hairs. Larkspur lotion was once popular in American patent medicine for body lice. All parts of the plants are poisonous to humans and cattle, although sheep are not affected. Plains Larkspur is found statewide on open prairies.

Plains Larkspur
 Bob Gress

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