Etymology: Delphinium: derived from the Greek delphinus for "dolphin" because of the flower shape in some species
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-24" tall forb with hairy stems
Leaves: deeply divided into narrow segments, alternate
Flowers: blue to whitish and marked with purple, 5-parted, 5/8" wide, irregularly-shaped, upper petal-like sepal with a backward-pointing spur; mostly 4 petals, upper 2 spurred, lower 2 bearded; inflorescence a terminal, usually unbranched, long-stalked cluster (raceme); blooms June-July
Habitat: dry; prairies, woods
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7 Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.