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Carolina Larkspur, Prairie Larkspur
|Size:||3-4 (6) ft tall by 1.5-2 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Short-lived perennial|
|Flower Color:||Blue, white, purple|
|Phenology:||Blooms in spring and goes dormant in summer.|
|Noted for:||Showy flowers|
|Recommended Uses:||Wildflower gardens.|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.|
|Soil or other substrate:||Clay, Loam, Sand|
|Soil pH:||Somewhat acidic to highly calcareous|
|Native Habitats:||Prairies, rocky glades|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|Ethnobotany:||This is an old southern garden favorite.|
This species is more common in adjacent states and occurs broadly in mid-western prairies. Its range barely makes it into Florida.
The southern end of the range is likely determined by lack of winter cold. The seeds germinate better with winter stratification.
Delphinium caroliniana is listed as state Endangered in Florida. It is not commercially available in Florida. It might best be purchased from Alabama or Georgia seed sources.