Advanced Search Map Locator
View Settings
Nurseries Carrying this Plant Add Current Plant To List Edit Current Plant
Show all Photos

Butterflies Garden Planner My Plant Lists Nurseries Planting Guide Contact Calscape About Calscape
Tap map to see plants native to location
Order by Popularity Order by Common Name Order by Scientific Name Order by # of Butterflies Hosted
Show nursery cultivars Hide nursery cultivars
Show plants not in nurseries Hide plants not in nurseries
Grid view Text view
Desert Larkspur
Delphinium parishii
About Desert Larkspur (Delphinium parishii) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant 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
Plant Type
Perennial herb

0.6 - 3.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Blue, Purple

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 4 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun

Common uses
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Deer Resistant, Bee Gardens

For propagating by seed: 2 wks. stratification.

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type

Annual Precipitation: 2.6" - 53.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 3.28", Coldest Month: 25.2" - 59.2", Hottest Month: 47.2" - 88.7", Humidity: 1.05" - 39.30", Elevation: -168" - 11067"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Parish'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

Sign in to your Calscape Account X

Once signed in, you'll be able to access any previously saved plant lists or create new ones.

Email Address

Sign In