SCIENTIFIC NAME: Delphinium
COMMON NAME(S): Larkspur, Staggerweed
FAMILY: RANUNCULACEAE - Buttercup family
ORIGIN: Temperate Northern Hemisphere, about 250 spp.
HABITAT: Cultivated landscapes, wildflower
HEIGHT: 6" to over 6'
CHARACTERISTICS: Base of stem woody and thickened
LEAVES: Alternate, usually deeply-lobed or dissected
FLOWERS: Showy, red, blue, white, pink, yellow, with conspicous spurs at rear, borne on spikes
FLOWERING SEASON: Spring to summer
FRUITS: Dry, papery short pods
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Various alkaloids
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological
COMMENTS: Contact dermatitis has been caused by the foliage and seeds of Delphinium spp. The plants also contain many toxic alkaloids.