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Delphinium tricorne

Dwarf Larkspur

Scientific Name:

Delphinium tricorne

Genus:

Delphinium

Species Epithet:

tricorne

Common Name:

Dwarf Larkspur

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Blue, Purple

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Rich, moist forests, especially over mafic or calcareous rocks, less commonly (as along the Roanoke River in ne. NC) on very fertile alluvial deposits. Uncommon in NC Mountains, rare in Piedmont and Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Status:

W6: Watch List: Regionally Rare (*Key)

Notes:

Goes dormant in the summer. May grow from 8" to 18" in height.

Flowers

Uncommon in the mountains, rare in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, Dwarf Larkspur grows in rich, moist woods.

image

Paynter, May, 2011

Patch in bloom

image

Paynter, May, 2011

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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