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Delphinium parryi ssp. parryi

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About Parry's Larkspur (Delphinium parryi ssp. parryi) Parry's Larkspur (Delphinium parryi ssp. parryi) is a beautiful native perennial herb that grows in southern and central California. It most often grows at elevations from 700-5600 feet in the Peninsular, Transverse Ranges, South Coast ranges. In the drier parts of it's range, it grows most often on north facing slopes, and in partially shaded areas underneath scrub oaks or other larger shrubs.

This is a difficult plant to find in nurseries, but not too hard to grow from seeds. It's striking blue flowers bloom in late spring and early summer.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.5 - 3.5 ft (0.15 - 1.1 m)

Max. Width
.25 ft (0.1 m)


Flower Color
Blue, Purple

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
0' - 7115'

Annual Precip. ?
5.6" - 49.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.13" - 3.07"

Coldest Month ?
34.9° F - 57.6° F

Hottest Month ?
60.7° F - 86.2° F

Humidity ?
0.41 vpd - 37.09 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment

Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
San Bernardino 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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