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Dwarf Larkspur, Spring Larkspur - Delphinium tricorne


Family: Ranunculaceae - Buttercup family Genus Common Name: Larkspur Native Status: Native
Delphinium tricorne - Dwarf Larkspur, Spring Larkspur. Delphinium tricorne is a woodland wildflower of mid to late spring. The plant will usually be 18 to 30 inches tall, unlike some of its cousins which might be up to six feet tall. The spurred blossoms are blue, white, or both blue and white.

All of the larkspurs are poisonous.

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Delphinium tricorne

Distribution of Delphinium tricorne in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 26 May 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Sitton's Gulch, Dade County, Ga Date: 2010-April-25Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson f/7.1 ISO200 Flash: Yes
Dwarf Larkspur has a complex blossom structure. Using this example, the blue petal-like outer structures are actually the 5 sepals, and the central white parts are the upper petals. The central purple, hairy parts are the lower petals. The long spur is part of the upper sepal.

Many thanks to Mike Christison of the Georgia Botanical Society who notified me that these were blooming at Sitton's Gulch of Cloudland Canyon State Park, where this photo was taken.
Delphinium tricorne

Site: Sitton's Gulch, Dade County, Ga Date: 2010-April-25Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/100f/5 ISO200
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
90mm (135 equiv)
Dwarf Larkspurs leaves are deeply lobed. They are mostly basal; the stem leaves are alternate.
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Delphinium tricorne

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