Delphinium carolinianum Walter
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Magnoliidae||Includes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others|
|Order||Ranunculales||Basal (evolved earlier) eudicots, also called “true dicots”|
|Genus||Delphinium||From Greek delphinion, “larkspur”; the name is derived from the Greek for “dolphin” because of the shape of some flowers|
|Species||carolinianum||Of or from Carolina|
About plant names...
Identification: Plants reach up to 3' (1 m) in height,
with a single straight stem that is sometimes hairy. Leaves are somewhat palmlike in shape, much
divided, about 3½" (9 cm) around. Leaflets may be very narrow and grasslike, or wider.
Flower clusters up to 12" (30 cm) long form at the top, white to pale or bright blue. Each flower
is on a small stalk ½" (1.5 cm) long, and has five petals and a long spur behind it. There
is a fuzzy area in the center. Flowers are ⅜-¾" (1-2 cm) around, and the spur is about the
same length as the flower diameter. They flower between May and June.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Native Plants of Texas
The University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium
Delphinium carolinianum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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6/18/2005 · By Clarence A. Rechenthin. Courtesy of USDA NRCS Texas State Office
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