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Kern County Larkspur Back to Plant Page
Delphinium purpusii

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About Kern County Larkspur (Delphinium purpusii) Delphinium purpusii is a rare species of larkspur known by the common names Kern County larkspur and rose-flowered larkspur. It is endemic to California where it is known only from Kern and Tulare Counties in the region where the Sierra Nevada meets the Mojave Desert. It grows on rocky cliffs and talus. This wildflower reaches between one half and one meter in height. The erect thin stem has deeply lobed leaves around the base and a small, narrow flower cluster of generally ten to 20 flowers at the top. The flowers of this species are bright pink, making it unusual among the mainly blue-flowered plants of this genus. The sepals curl either forward or back.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.6 - 4 ft (0.49 - 1.2 m)

Flower Color

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Talus, cliffs:


Elevation ?
772' - 7450'

Annual Precip. ?
10.0" - 47.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.26" - 1.31"

Coldest Month ?
34.3° F - 49.3° F

Hottest Month ?
56.9° F - 77.3° F

Humidity ?
2.29 vpd - 29.04 vpd

Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: 2 mos. stratification. No treatment may give satisfactory germination.

Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Rose-flowered 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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