Buttercup Family : Ranunculaceae
Latin Name : Delphinium carolinianum
Longevity : Perennial
Season : Cool
Origin : Native
Wildlife – poor
Livestock – poor(Toxic)
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.