Barestemmed Larkspur


Scientific Name: Delphinium scaposum

Common Name: Barestemmed Larkspur
Family: Ranunculaceae – Buttercup family

Duration: Perennial
Size: Up to 24 inches more or less.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; multiple stems, glabrous.
Leaves: Green or gray-green; mostly basal, (radical), palmately divided with round tipped lobes, few cauline leaves (1 to 4) at flowering (anthesis).
Flower Color: Blue, light blue or royal blue; flowers clustered on tall leafless flowering stem (scapose), sepals 5, bright blue, spurred, (some spurs may be bronze-colored near tip), petaloid, 4 small blue and white petals exposing stamens; flowers glabrous;
Flowering Season: March to June.

Comments: This flower is said to be avidly sought by bees and hummingbirds. Delphinium scaposum is reportedly used in Navajo and Hopi religious ceremonies.