Delphinium carolinianum ssp. virescens
Please Note: These cool season plants go dormant during hot weather. They will regrow in the fall when the temperatures cool down.
Soil: Mesic (Medium) to Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full to Partial
Color: Pale, Blue-lavendar
Flowers: 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.
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 Prairie Larkspur is indigenous of the upland prairie. It is an excellent restoration plant as well as lovely specimen plant in the garden, particularly the rock garden. They are attractive to hummingbirds and are a lovely cut flower as well. They grow very well in sandy or gravel soils.
Medicinal Uses: Dried, ground seeds have been used in anti-lice lotions and ointments.
Food Uses: Toxic!
Other Uses: Cleanses the air and soil, by taking up toxins.
Name: Delphinium is Greek for “Dolphin.”
Other Names: Blue Larkspur