Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2888

Forb
Perennial

Native to South Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA - SC

Rare

Look for it in rocky woodlands, on granite outcrops, Altamaha Grit outcrops, blackland prairies, moist sandy woodlands associated with longleaf pine, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple: Dissected
Alternate (basal leaves absent at anthesis)

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

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Follicle

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (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 (1968) 076-03-003:
Delphinium carolinianum   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

LESS THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Delphinium carolinianum

LESS THAN Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Delphinium carolinianum var. carolinianum

 

COMMON NAME:
Prairie Larkspur, Carolina Larkspur, Blue Larkspur


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image of Delphinium carolinianum ssp. carolinianum

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

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.