Delphinium carolinianum
Family: Ranunculaceae
Carolina larkspur, plains larkspur, prairie larkspur, white larkspur
Delphinium carolinianum image
Merel R. Black  
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