Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in NC Mountains, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Look for it in rich, moist forests, esp over mafic or calcareous rocks, less commonly on very fertile alluvial deposits, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple: Pedately or palmately lobed or parted
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Deep bluish-violet (usually), ranging through pink to pure white
Not symmetrical
5 sepals (one of them spurred)
Four petals
Numerous stamens
Superior ovary
Flowers in a loose raceme

FRUIT:
Spring
Follicle

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Delphinium tricorne   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Delphinium tricorne   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 076-03-002:
Delphinium tricorne   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Dwarf Larkspur


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image of Delphinium tricorne

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_detr_001_lvd

        

image of Delphinium tricorne

JK Marlow    jkm070422_039

April    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

All plant parts of the genus Delphinium are poisonous, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Delphinium tricorne

JK Marlow    jkm070422_053b

April    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Flowers (sepals) usually deep bluish violet, but ranging thru pink to white, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Delphinium tricorne

Keith Bradley    kab_d_tricorne_4490

April    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Delphinium tricorne

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_delphinium_tricorne

April        

image of Delphinium tricorne

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_delphinium_tricorne_3

April        

Flowers blue, white or bi-colored, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Delphinium tricorne

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_delphinium_tricorne_4

April        

image of Delphinium tricorne

JK Marlow    jkm160503_161

May    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

The upper sepal is prolonged backward into a long hollow spur, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Delphinium tricorne

JK Marlow    jkm160503_164

May    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Flowers borne in a loose terminal raceme to 8" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Delphinium tricorne

JK Marlow    jkm160503_171

May    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Follicles several-seeded, ellipsoid, beaked, divergent, glabrate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Delphinium tricorne

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdtricorne_375best2

May        

image of Delphinium tricorne

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdtricorne_pw3752

May        

image of Delphinium tricorne

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdtricorne_whitepw3752

May        

image of Delphinium tricorne

JK Marlow    s050522_g

May    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Leaves mostly at the base of the plant, deeply lobed into irregular segments, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.


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