OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Ranunculales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (11/30/12):
Delphinium carolinianum ssp. carolinianum   FAMILY Ranunculaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Delphinium carolinianum ssp. carolinianum   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

(?) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 076-03-003:
Delphinium carolinianum   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Delphinium carolinianum var. carolinianum

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Delphinium carolinianum

 

COMMON NAME:
Prairie Larkspur, Carolina Larkspur, Blue Larkspur


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image of Delphinium carolinianum ssp. carolinianum, Prairie Larkspur, Carolina Larkspur, Blue Larkspur

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_d_carolinianum_caro_2

June        

Similar to D. tricorne, but usually taller and with more flowers, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Delphinium carolinianum ssp. carolinianum, Prairie Larkspur, Carolina Larkspur, Blue Larkspur

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_d_carolinianum_caro2b

June        

Visible outer spur is a sepal; within it are 2 nectar-bearing petal spurs, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (11/30/12):
Delphinium carolinianum ssp. carolinianum   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Delphinium carolinianum ssp. carolinianum   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

(?) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 076-03-003:
Delphinium carolinianum   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Delphinium carolinianum var. carolinianum

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Delphinium carolinianum

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

2888

Forb
Perennial

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

Habitat: Rocky woodlands, granite outcrops, Altamaha Grit outcrops, blackland prairies, calcareous glades, moist sandy woodlands associated with longleaf pine, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple: deeply divided into many narrow segments < 2mm wide
Alternate (basal leaves absent or withered at flowering)

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Blue, whitish-blue
Not symmetrical
5 sepals (one of them spurred)
Four petals
Numerous stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Follicle

 

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