Carolina Larkspur, Delphinium  virescens

Carolina Larkspur

Delphinium virescens

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Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Hardiness Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Soil Conditions: Loam
Soil Moisture: Dry
Color: Blue, white
Fragrance: No
Height: 3-5 feet
Spacing: 3-4 feet

Prairie Larkspur, Delphinium virescens, is an indigenous of the upland prairie. They grow very well in sandy or gravel soils.

Prairie larkspur is a slender, erect perennial, unbranched or branched near the ground to form a clump 1-3 ft. tall. A terminal spike of white, spurred flowers, tinged purple, is borne well above the mostly basal, deeply cleft leaves.The leaves are alternate and have leaf stems (petioles), then they are divided into 3 sections and divided again into long thin leaflets.

The flowers grow on a long slender spike. The upper sepal is spurred giving the Delphinium a distinct look. There are 5 sepals – the upper two are spurred, and 4 inconspicuous petals. Each 1? flower has about 20 stamens and purple colored anthers. Fruit is a 3-sectioned cylindrical capsule about ½ inch long. When seed is ripe it splits open at the top.
 Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Native Americans and early settlers using the flowers to make blue ink.
  Dried, ground seeds have been used in anti-lice lotions and ointments.
  Mature plants may disappear in hot weather, reappearing when the weather has become cooler.
  They are attractive to hummingbirds.
  Good as a lovely cut flower.
 Further Information

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