Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Delphinium parryi ssp. parryi

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Species Name: Delphinium parryi ssp. parryi
Common Name: San Bernardino Larkspur

Comes back every year from deep woody roots. Lower leaves usually wither before growth of flower stalk. Lovely color, good for meadow or moonlight garden. Very Toxic.

Plant Family: Ranunculaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: to 3' high (stalk)
Growth Habit: upright spike
Deciduous/Evergreen: evergreen
Growth Rate:
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements:
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: May-July
Flower Color: purplish blue
Distribution: coastal California from Santa Barbara to Baja; Santa Barbara Island
Natural Habitat: open slopes in Coastal Sage Scrub, Chaparral, Southern Oak Woodland, Yellow Pine Forest below 6500'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Wild Flowers, Theodore Payne's 1910 first catalog dedicated to California flora: "Perennial 1 to 3 feet high. Flowers large, rich blue. A plant of delicate poise and graceful habit; leaves somewhat kidney-shaped. Pkt, 10c."
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