Upland Larkspur

Upland Larkspur is a thin, sparse plant with mostly basal leaves and beautiful blue to violet flowers. This species is easily recognized for its showy flowers. One should exercise caution with this species though as it is highly toxic to humans.

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Description
Latin Name Delphinium nuttallianum
Type Herb
Description Upland Larkspur is a thin, sparse plant with mostly basal leaves and beautiful blue to violet flowers. This species is easily recognized for its showy flowers. One should exercise caution with this species though as it is highly toxic to humans.
Height and Spread 15 to 40 cm tall. Up to 10 cm spread.
Bloom Colour Blue to Violet.
Bloom Months April/May.
Foliage Colour Dark green.
Seed Months Mid-summer.
Light and Water Grows in generally open forests, grasslands, and clearings. Generally grows in arid conditions.
Ethnobotany Information This plant has not generally been used widely by humans due to its high levels of toxicity. The bright flowers have been used to make dyes on some occasions.
Wildlife Uses Upland Larkspur is generally poisonous to wildlife and not widely used. It is used by bees and butterflies for the nectar produced in its flowers though.
Garden Uses Upland Larkspur is very beautiful with bright, irregular flowers and limited foliage. It should be noted that it is highly toxic to humans and most animals though.
Facts While Upland Larkspur is highly toxic to cattle, and a major issue in many range lands, it does not seem to negatively impact sheep. In some areas sheep are used to graze an area before cattle for this reason.
Propagation Techniques Upland Larkspur can propagated by seed after a period of cold stratification.