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Delphinium tricorne

Native Plants

Dwarf Larkspur

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Summary

Drifts of iridescent purple, white, and occasionally bi-colored floral bouquets of dwarf larkspur (Delphinium tricorne) create a spectacular display in the spring woodland garden. Stems with their distinctive ascending spurred flowers can reach 12-18” tall. Dwarf larkspur is a multi-stemmed, herbaceous species well adapted to moist, well-drained, slightly alkaline soils in the filtered light of the shady garden where it happily spreads. Under ideal conditions, it naturalizes well in plantings with Virginia spring-beauty (Claytonia virginica), Jacob’s-ladder (Polemonium reptans), celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum), large-flowered trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), and Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides). Zones 4-7. 


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  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-to-partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average-to-moist 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-spring
  • Soil PH
    alkaline 
  • Flower Color
    lavender, purple, white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    dormant, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown