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Delphinium scaposum Greene
Bare-stem larkspur, Tall mountain larkspur
Synonym(s): Delphinium andersonii var. scaposum
USDA Symbol: DESC
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
The divided and lobed leaves of this perennial are all basal, subtending 8-20 in., leafless, unbranched flowering stems. Distinctive royal-blue and white, spurred flowers occur in an open raceme. The long spurs are often bronze-colored near the tip. The upper petals of the flower are usually white or blue-tinged; the lower petals are deep blue.
This flower is said to be avidly sought by bees and hummingbirds for its nectar.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
, UT Native Distribution:
to s. NV, AZ
& NM Native Habitat:
Open deserts; gravelly mesas
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff