Delphinium californicum Torr. & A. Gray
California coast larkspur, California larkspur
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
USDA Symbol: DECA
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun
Native Distribution: Outer Coast Ranges from San Francisco to Monterey Cos.
Native Habitat: Moist, partly shaded ravines & slopes below 2000 ft.
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
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Delphinium californicum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Delphinium californicum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Delphinium californicum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff