Larkspur

LATIN NAME
Delphinium carolinianum

LONGEVITY
Perennial

SEASON
Cool

ORIGIN
Native

DETAILS
• Other common names include, “Plains larkspur” and “Plains delphinium”. The common name refers to the resemblance of the flower to the spur on the foot of a lark.
• Flowers May to July.
• Adapted to open pastures, hillsides or valleys of all vegetative areas in Texas.
• Larkspur is poisonous to livestock, particularly cattle. Cattle are susceptible due to the palatability of the plant. All parts of the plant can be toxic; young plants are the most toxic.
• The seeds and flowers were used by Native American Indians and early settlers to create a tincture to kill lice. However, the plant has been known to cause irritation of the skin in some people.

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