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Delphinium carolinianum Walter ssp. carolinianum . Ozark Larkspur, Prairie Larkspur, Carolina Larkspur, Blue Larkspur. Phen: (Apr-) May-Jul. Hab: Rocky woodlands, granite outcrops, Altamaha Grit outcrops, blackland prairies, calcareous glades, moist sandy woodlands associated with longleaf pine. Dist: IL west to e. KS, south to LA and TX, with disjunct occurrences eastward in SC, GA, AL, Panhandle FL (Gadsden County), and MS; questionably reported for c. TN. The flowers are a pale to medium blue. This species has been reported for NC (by C) and ‘north to Va.’ (by F and S). I know of no documentation for its past or present occurrence in NC or VA, but its presence in those states is plausible.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Ar, FNA3, Il, K1, K3, K4, NcTx, Tn; = Delphinium azureum Michx.; = Delphinium carolinianum Walter – C, G, GrPl, S13, Kral (1976); < Delphinium carolinianum Walter – RAB, S, Tx, WH3, Keener (1977), Wang et al. (2009), Warnock (1995); >< Delphinium carolinianum Walter var. carolinianum – F; > Delphinium carolinianum Walter var. crispum Perry – F; > Delphinium carolinianum Walter var. nortonianum (Mack. & Bush) Perry – F

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image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Delphinium carolinianum ssp. carolinianum, Kathy Stiles Freeland Bibb County Glades Preserve, The Nature Conservancy, Bibb County, Alabama 2 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷

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