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.
|Blue to Violet.
|Light and Water
|Grows in generally open forests, grasslands, and clearings.
|Generally grows in arid conditions.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Upland Larkspur can propagated by seed after a period of cold stratification.