Delphinium tricorne

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: neutral, rich, loam, clay, gravel/rock

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: April, May

Bloom Color: purple, blue

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: medicinal, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Flowers of Delphinium tricorne (dwarf larkspur).
  • Flowers of Delphinium tricorne (dwarf larkspur).
  • Flowers of Delphinium tricorne (dwarf larkspur).
  • Flowers of Delphinium tricorne (dwarf larkspur).
  • Flowers of Delphinium tricorne (dwarf larkspur).

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Description

Delphinium tricorne

Also known as:

dwarf larkspur

,

spring larkspur

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Delphinium tricorne is native to deciduous forests from the Mid-Atlantic to the Mid-West. It produces delicate, highly divided leaves and stunning spikes of deep purplish or whitish flowers (highly variable).

Cultivation

Dwarf larkspur is a shade plant that thrives in circumneutral to slightly alkaline, woodsy soil, rich in organic material. A moist, sheltered environment with filtered light, is preferable where summers are hot and dry. Blooms in April and May. Zones 5-8

Propagation

Collect seeds from dry pod before they are expelled. Plants may also be divided.

Additional Notes

Though dwarf larkspur has been used for its medicinal value, it can be considered poisonous if ingested in large quantitie. Its medicinal properties have been used to help close wounds and to kill human parasites such as lice and their nits.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, DC, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Ranunculales
Family Ranunculaceae Buttercup family
Genus Delphinium larkspur
Species Delphinium tricorne dwarf larkspur