Delphinium barbeyi

(Subalpine Larkspur)

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Delphinium barbeyi, Lower McCullough Gulch, Summit Co. 7468

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Delphinium barbeyi, Lower McCullough Gulch, Summit Co. 7448

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Delphinium barbeyi, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 6946

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Delphinium barbeyi, Black Powder Pass, Summit Co. 9454/9462

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Delphinium barbeyi, Boreas Pass, Summit Co. 6266

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Delphinium barbeyi, Black Powder Pass, Summit Co. 1247

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Leaves, Delphinium barbeyi, Black Powder Pass, Summit Co. 9664

Scientific Name Delphinium barbeyi USDA PLANTS Symbol DEBA2
Common Name Subalpine Larkspur ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 18539
Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (8000 to 12700 ft.); open areas in meadows, along streams and near ponds.
Plant: Erect perennial with leafy hollow stems up to 5 feet tall, in colonies.
Leaves: Stem leaves on petioles that are short or up to 5-1/2 inches long; large leaves, smooth and palmately-dissected into 5 to 9 segments, each segment then further divided.
Inflorescence: Elongated terminal raceme of 10 to 50 blossoms each connected to the stem via short pedicels; deep purple sepals surrounding petals with white edges; upper sepal has spur extending rearward, 3/8 to 3/4-inch long.
Bloom Period: July to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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