Delphinium carolinianum subsp. carolinianum

Common names: Blue larkspur Carolina larkspur
Synonyms: Delphinium carolinianum var. crispum L. M. Perry Delphinium carolinianum var. nortonianum (Mackenzie & Bush) L. M. Perry
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 3.

Roots without elongate central axis; fascicles 2-8, ± horizontal. Stems (30-)60-100(-150) cm. Leaves all cauline at anthesis; distalmost petioles less than 5 mm. Leaf blade not distinctly 3-parted; ultimate lobes of midcauline leaf blades 12-25, width 0.5-1.5 mm. Flowers: sepals various shades of blue or purple, rarely white. 2n = 16, 32.

Phenology: Flowering late winter–early summer.
Habitat: Prairies and forest openings
Elevation: 50-700 m


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Ala., Ark., Fla., Ga., Ill., Iowa, Kans., Miss., Mo., N.C., Okla., S.C.


Delphinium carolinianum subsp. carolinianum occasionally hybridizes with D. treleasei.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Michael J. Warnock +
Walter +
Blue larkspur +  and Carolina larkspur +
Ala. +, Ark. +, Fla. +, Ga. +, Ill. +, Iowa +, Kans. +, Miss. +, Mo. +, N.C. +, Okla. +  and S.C. +
50-700 m +
Prairies and forest openings +
Flowering late winter–early summer. +
Fl. Carol., +
Endemic +  and Illustrated +
Delphinium carolinianum var. crispum +  and Delphinium carolinianum var. nortonianum +
Delphinium carolinianum subsp. carolinianum +
Delphinium carolinianum +
subspecies +