Native to northwestern North America from British Columbia to South Dakota. This specimen was found on Mount Olympus, Utah.
perennialherb growing from a thickly branching root system.solitary stems, green with reddish bases. leaves deeply lobed with 3-7 toothed, pointed lobes in a palmate shape, are low on the stem, and grow on short petioles. The flower has five petal-like sepals which grow together to form a hollow pocket with a spur at the end, which gives the plant its name. Within the sepals are four true petals.
AKA: Lark's Heel, Lark's Claw and Knight's Spur. Delphinium is Latin for dolphin, named for the shape of the opening flower. Looks like an Orchid or other exotic flower. Delphinium bicolor
The plant is poisonous to cattle.
seeds can be used against parasites, especially lice and their nits in the hair. A tincture is used against asthma and dropsy. The juice of the flowers, mixed with alum, gives a blue ink.
They are succulent and liked by grazing animals only when young, the time when they are most harmful. Keep grazing animals away from this plant until it becomes mature enough that they won't be prefered by the livestock.
Allow seedheads to dry on plant before collection. Prefers cool, rich, moist soil with a summer mulch. Needs good winter drainage.
In Transylvania, it was used to keep witches from the stables, probably because of its black color.
Little Blue Larkspur, Low Larkspur - Flower
Little Blue Larkspur, Low Larkspur - Flower - July 09, 2009