Kern County Larkspur
(Delphinium purpusii )
Photo Copyright 1971 CNPS
Description: Perennial herb, 2.3 - 3.3 feet (7-10dm) high, with hollow stems. Leaves palmate and mostly on lower half of stem, 2 3/4 - 3 1/2 inches (7-9cm) wide. Inflorescence is a loose raceme with 5-14 flowers. Flowers have 5 sepals and 4 petals. Sepals are narrowly pear-shaped, rose-pink, 1/4 - 3/8 inches (7-10mm) long, with a spur 1/2 - 5/8 inches (13-15mm) long. Upper petals are whitish, 1/4 inch (7-8mm) long, and lower petals are rose colored. The stalks of the flowers are 1/4 - 1 7/8 inches (5-48mm) long. Fruit are oblong, upright follicles, 3/8 - 1 1/8 inches (11-29mm) long, with black, shiny, 1/8 inch (2-3mm) long seeds.
Habitat: Talus, cliffs, dry rocky slopes. Elevation 960 - 4288 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms April - May.
Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B