Larkspur is a tall, single stem flowering plant that grows 3-6 ft (0.9-1.8 m) in height. The stem is a densely flowered inflorescence containing a few to over 50 flowers. Similar in look to monkshood, but without the hood. The hollow stem is often purplish in color. The leaves are green, toothed, narrow, and long and packed most densely at the base, getting smaller and fewer higher up. The spurred flowers are long, conical or bell-shaped, and purple or blue-purple.
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The entire plant is highly poisonous, especially the seeds. Can be fatal to humans and animals.
There are no edible or medicinal uses for larkspur. Delphinium glaucum has been known to kill, causing neuromuscular paralysis in cattle and sometimes sheep or horses in western states as it is incredibly toxic, especially before maturity. The seeds are among the most toxic part of the plant. Parasiticides have been made from the leaves of a variety of plants in the Delphinium genus, which could be used only externally.
Distribution and Habitat
Delphinium glaucum is native to Alaska and the majority of the western US and Canada. Larkspur is frequently found in meadows and lightly wooded areas with deep, moist soil.
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