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Rock Larkspur

Scientific Name     

Delphinium tricorne  Michx.

Family Name

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

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Characteristics: 

Habitat: 

rich, moist woods

Plant Height: 

 20-60 cm, erect stem, mostly glabrous

Flower Color: 

purple/blue sometimes white

Flower: 

densely pubescent; 5 sepals, upper one extending into a slightly bent, long, slender spur; 4 very small petals, 2 cm wide, lateral petals bearded on outside, upper petals spurred; stamens many; pistils 3

Inflorescence: 

loose, terminal raceme 8-20 cm long, softly short-villous

Fruit: 

beaked, follicles (derived from one carpel that opens along a single suture) 10-15 mm long, seeds smooth

Leaves: 

few, mostly at or near base, alternate, deeply divided

Bloom Time: 

April-May

Origins: 

native

Other: 

Larkspurs contain a harmful alkaloid if ingested; also commonly known as Spring or Dwarf Larkspur