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Delphinium barbeyi (Subalpine larkspur)
Beckers, Eric

Delphinium barbeyi

Delphinium barbeyi (Huth) Huth

Subalpine Larkspur

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Synonym(s): Delphinium exaltatum var. barbeyi, Delphinium occidentale var. barbeyi

USDA Symbol: DEBA2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

From its stout, woody rootstock, this larkspur sends up several, 2-5 ft., leafy stems. A compact, terminal flower spike is made up of showy, scented blossoms. The spurred flowers are rich, dark purple in color. Leaves are divided into three segments.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AZ , CO , NM , UT , WY
Native Distribution: Subalpine WY, CO, NM & e. AZ
Native Habitat: Shady, subalpine streams & meadow edges

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Shade

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Delphinium barbeyi in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Delphinium barbeyi in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Delphinium barbeyi


Record Modified: 2023-02-06
Research By: TWC Staff

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