Plant Details

Delphinium tricorne

Dwarf Larkspur

Scientific Name:

Delphinium tricorne

Common Name:

Dwarf Larkspur

Plant Family

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)


NC Native



Bloom Color(s):

Deep Blue, Violet, Pink, White

Size in Feet:

up to 15"

Bloom Time:

March - April - May

Bloom Area:

Statewide (Mountains, Piedmont, Coast)

Habitat Description:

Rich, moist forests, especially over mafic or calcareous rocks, less commonly (as along the Roanoke River in ne. NC) on very fertile alluvial deposits. Uncommon in NC Mountains, rare in Piedmont and Coastal Plain.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

W6: Watch List: Regionally Rare (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)


Goes dormant in the summer. May grow from 8" to 18" in height.


Uncommon in the mountains, rare in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, Dwarf Larkspur grows in rich, moist woods.


Paynter, May, 2011

Patch in bloom


Paynter, May, 2011


USDA PLANTS Database Record

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