Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Delphinium cardinale

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Delphinium cardinale
Delphinium cardinale
Delphinium cardinale
Delphinium cardinale

Species Name: Delphinium cardinale
Common Name: Scarlet larkspur

Comes back every year from deep woody roots. Leaves usually wither before growth of flower stalk, which can grow up to 12 feet. A hummingbird favorite. Very Toxic.

Plant Family: Ranunculaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: to 6' high (stalk)
Growth Habit: upright spike
Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
Growth Rate:
Sun Exposure: Sun or shade
Soil Preference: dry to semi-dry
Water Requirements:
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: scarlet
Distribution: Coastal California from Monterey to Baja
Natural Habitat: dry openings in Coastal Sage Scrub, Chaparral below 5000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "One of the most showy of the wild flowers. Grows 3 to 7 feet high, flowers bright fiery scarlet. Excellent for cutting. Plants supplied in late fall and winter. Gallon cans, 35c."
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