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Delphinium scaposum (Bare-stem larkspur)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Delphinium scaposum

Delphinium scaposum Greene

Bare-stem Larkspur, Tall Mountain Larkspur

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Synonym(s): Delphinium andersonii var. scaposum


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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: AZ , CO , NM , UT
Native Distribution: S.w. CO to s. NV, AZ & NM
Native Habitat: Open deserts; gravelly mesas

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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