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Delphinium nuttallianum
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Low Larkspur
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Delphinium nuttallianum

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About Low Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum) Delphinium nuttallianum is a species of larkspur known by the common names twolobe larkspur and Nuttall's larkspur. It is widely distributed across western North America from California to Alberta. This wildflower has a white to pink erect stem usually not exceeding half a meter in height which may branch several times. Deeply lobed leaves are located mostly about the base of the plant. The flower cluster occupying the top end of the stem has few widely-spaced flowers on long pedicels. The sepals are long and curl backwards or fold upon themselves. They may be dark purple to light blue. The lower petals are the same color, while the upper are often white. The spur is one or two centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.6 - 3.3 ft (0.49 - 1 m)

Flower Color
Blue, White, Purple

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open, meadow edges, streamsides,

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
28' - 12226'

Annual Precip. ?
12.0" - 156.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.30" - 6.33"

Coldest Month ?
19.3° F - 49.0° F

Hottest Month ?
44.6° F - 75.6° F

Humidity ?
0.33 vpd - 24.36 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Twolobe Larkspur, Nuttall's Larkspur

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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