Ranunculaceae
Delphinium nuttallianum

Upland Larkspur

Slender, very erect stem, breaks easily from root at ground level, occasionally branched. Leaves mostly on lowest part of stem, divided, 6–25 narrow lobes, hairless. Fewer than 14 flowers on ascending hairless stalks, bright blue with whitish or sometimes yellowish or purple petals in center. Flower sepals reflexed, spur slender, straight, about 1/2 in. long. Grows in open meadows, near streams, ponderosa pine woodlands, sagebrush, at low to high elevations. Often hybridizes with other larkspurs when growing together. Can be confused with D. menziesii, which is more widespread west of Cascades.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 4--20 inches
  • Habitat: Meadow, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Shrub-Steppe
  • Found In: Siskiyous, Steens, Crater Lake NP, East Gorge, Wallowas, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes