Delphinium species

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Scientific Name Delphinium barbeyi USDA PLANTS Symbol
DEBA2
Common Name Subalpine Larkspur ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
18539
Family Rananuculaceae (Buttercup) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine; 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. Leaves are large, smooth and palmately-dissected into 5 to 9 segments, each segment then further divided.
Inflorescence: Terminal (at the top of the stem) cluster 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.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Delphinium nuttallianum USDA PLANTS Symbol
DENU2
Common Name Nuttall's Larkspur, Two-lobed Larkspur ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
18483
Family Rananuculaceae (Buttercup) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills and montane; open areas in meadows.
Plant: Erect perennial with unbranched stems 4 to 16 inches tall, in colonies.
Leaves: Basal and lower stem leaves deeply lobed with 5 to 21 segments.
Inflorescence: Open cluster of 4 to 10 blossoms, bluish- purple sepals and petals, rarely white (as in photos below) or pink; upper sepal has spur extending rearward almost an inch long.
References: Descr. adapted from www.americansouthwest.net and SEINet.
Colorado Status
Native

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