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Delphinium nudicaule (Red larkspur)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Delphinium nudicaule

Delphinium nudicaule Torr. & A. Gray

Red Larkspur, Orange Larkspur, Christmas Horns

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A usually 1-2 ft. delphinium with finely dissected basal and stem leaves. The orange-red flowers are cornucopia-shaped and occur in a few-flowered raceme.

The red flowers attract hummingbirds.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall, often shorter.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


Native Distribution: C. & n. CA & s. OR
Native Habitat: Dry, wooded or shrubby foothills below 6500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Needs protection from snails and slugs.


Description: Sow seed.
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary although 1 month stratification may improve results.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

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

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


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

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