Thursday, May 6, 2010

100 Species Challenge Specimen #67

Specimen #67 Larkspur
aka dwarf larkspur, spring larkspur
Delphinium tricorne

Photos by me at Browns Woods.

The Latin name "tricorne" refers to the three horn-like fruit pods.

I have seen this plant in a few places in Polk County. Today, I found it in deep woods in different shades of blue. It's very pretty. The leaves are almost fringed, and also very pretty.

These plants are native. They are also poisonous. The Hopi extracted a blue dye from the flowers. Settlers mixed this extract with a fixative to make blue ink.

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