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Desert Larkspur
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Delphinium parishii

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About Desert Larkspur (Delphinium parishii) Desert larkspur (Delphinium parishii) is a flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae (the buttercup family) native to the Mojave Desert in the southwestern United States and northwest Mexico, where it is found between 300-2500 meter altitude in California, Arizona, southwestern Utah, and Baja California. It is a perennial herbaceous plant growing to 17-60 centimeter tall, rarely to 100 centimeter tall, with palmately lobed leaves. The flowers vary across the species' range, from dark blue to purplish near Joshua Tree National Park, sky-blue in the eastern and northern parts of the desert, and pink in some areas in California. Flowering occurs between April and June. It is also found in the Tehachapi Mountains.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.6 - 3.3 ft (0.18 - 1 m)

Flower Color
Blue, Purple

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type


Elevation ?
-168' - 11067'

Annual Precip. ?
2.6" - 53.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 3.28"

Coldest Month ?
25.2° F - 59.2° F

Hottest Month ?
47.2° F - 88.7° F

Humidity ?
1.05 vpd - 39.30 vpd

Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: 2 wks. stratification.

Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Deer Resistant, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

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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