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Delphinium carolinianum Walter

Carolina larkspur

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderRanunculalesBasal (evolved earlier) eudicots, also called “true dicots”
FamilyRanunculaceaeButtercup family
GenusDelphiniumFrom Greek delphinion, “larkspur”; the name is derived from the Greek for “dolphin” because of the shape of some flowers
SpeciescarolinianumOf or from Carolina

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Identification: Plants reach up to 3' (1 m) in height, with a single straight stem that is sometimes hairy. Leaves are somewhat palmlike in shape, much divided, about 3½" (9 cm) around. Leaflets may be very narrow and grasslike, or wider. Flower clusters up to 12" (30 cm) long form at the top, white to pale or bright blue. Each flower is on a small stalk ½" (1.5 cm) long, and has five petals and a long spur behind it. There is a fuzzy area in the center. Flowers are ⅜-¾" (1-2 cm) around, and the spur is about the same length as the flower diameter. They flower between May and June.

Online References:

Delphinium carolinianum on

Delphinium carolinianum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Delphinium carolinianum at Illinois Wildflowers

Delphinium carolinianum on Native Plants of Texas

Delphinium carolinianum on eFloras

Delphinium carolinianum on


Delphinium carolinianum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Delphinium carolinianum (Carolina larkspur)

6/18/2005 · By Clarence A. Rechenthin. Courtesy of USDA NRCS Texas State Office


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