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Flaigg, Norman G.
Delphinium parishii Gray
Desert larkspur, Ocean-blue larkspur, Paleface delphinium
Synonyms: Delphinium parishii ssp. parishii, Delphinium amabile
USDA Symbol: DEPA
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This perennial bears one to several 1-2 ft. stems from a woody root system. Leaves are palmately divided and mostly basal. The stems bear delicate light-blue to purple, spurred flowers in compact to open racemes.
The most xerophytic of North American larkspurs. The reduction in the vegetative parts enables the plant to withstand withering heat and prolonged drought.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
AZ , CA , NV , UT Native Distribution:
AZ, s. CA & adjacent NV Native Habitat:
Dry, rocky knolls; desert mesas & washes USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: The most xerophytic of North American larkspurs. The reduction in the vegetative parts enables the plant to withstand withering heat & prolonged drought. Needs protection from snails and slugs.
PropagationDescription: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Two weeks stratification is sufficient.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff