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Delphinium distichum

Delphinium distichum

Continuing with the series on Ranunculaceae combined with brief entries:

Delphinium distichum, commonly known as meadow larkspur or strict larkspur, is strictly western North American in distribution. This photograph from mid-July was taken among a population of several thousand individuals. It is a species of wet meadows, which ticks also apparently enjoy--this was one of the few places during that trip where I attracted a couple of the parasites.


I really enjoy your photos. Thanks.

I have a question re: Echinacea

I live in Northern Indiana.
All the plants green growth look great but the flowers are stunted and pale. No sign of disease or pest on the plant.

Do I need fertilizer or pesticide or just dig up and start over with something else?

I've had them in several full sun locations thru out the property and usually lose 3-5 plants each year.

Help? Thanks.

Why is it that this photo reminds me of my childhood vision? So perfect, so focussed, so fresh. I loathe ticks so I appreciate your skill and competence all the more for performing 'under fire' as it were. Wonderful!

Oh ticks. I find you like me most when I lay down on my tummy to take photos of things close to the ground.

Thankfully they are slow moving - so now that I methodically check numerous times a day I've not had any attach.

I even found one slowly inching up the outside of my thigh on my jeans as I drove home up the Pacific Coast Highway after a spectacular day of botanizing the remnant coastal prairie at Ano Nuevo State Reserve, north of Santa Cruz.

I find these Delphinium species to be exceedingly lovely to admire and photograph and incredibly frustrating to identify.

Denise - Going to a more appropriate question-asking site such as GardenWeb.com or DavesGarden.com and asking your question on one of the regional-specific or perennial forums will get you a prompt and thorough answer and you will also be able to ask follow-up questions and/or give more details. HTH

Delphiniums always remind me of the A.A. Milne poem The Dormouse and the Doctor which my mom used to read to me. It still makes me sad. The lyric can be found at http://www.glirarium.org/bilch/literatur/doctor.html [No offese to chrysanthemum lovers intended.]

Debra - actually, there is a general gardening forum right here at the UBC website!

Denise - this forum is for discussing the artistic and scientific aspects of each Botany Photo of the Day. There are lots of garden experts waiting over at the UBC Forum for your specific horticulture question!


Do be careful about ticks. They have now found Lyme disease isn't the only hazardous thing they carry. Don't ask me to spell the other.

lovely sweet blue
buttercups are full of legends and poetry there is so much to read

ticks and chiggers and here in florida fire ants and if ones
dogs and such have been outside look before letting inside

thank you daniel

Indeed ! A friend of my daughter is even now suffering from an attack of poison oak brought on by her very affectionate dog. Difficult to check for that as the dog comes in I guess.

The poem is sad, yes. But the doormouse does find his way. A lesson to all bossy doctors!

Been a horrible year for growth in the northern Rockies, very long cold wet spring, then super hot for 6 weeks. Maybe next year will be better for wildflowers.

Several thousand larkspur, I would love to see that. Thanks for sharing the one you did take.

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