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Delphinium californicum Torr. & Gray
California coast larkspur, California larkspur
USDA Symbol: DECA
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Stout, leafy, unbranched stems rise 2-6 ft. from a woody root system. Leaves are palmately divided 5-7 times, the division being lobed and toothed. Flower spikes are dense, up to 20 in. long, and sometimes branched in the lower portions. The showy sepals are whitish, tinged with green or lavender. The pea-like flowers are bluish-purple.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun
CA Native Distribution:
Outer Coast Ranges from San Francisco to Monterey Cos. Native Habitat:
Moist, partly shaded ravines & slopes below 2000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, well drained soil.
Conditions Comments: Needs protection from snails and slugs.
PropagationDescription: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff