Genus Delphinium
Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae)

Tall Wood Larkspur
Mountain Delphinium
Delphinium occidentale

The name "delphinium" means "dolphin flower", because of the shape of the bud. This plant grows three or four feet tall, and is very beautiful and showy. It has dark purple blossoms.
Another species, the Low Larkspur (Delphinium nelsoni), grows lower down on the foothills. It is a smaller plant. Its blossoms are similar, but are a lighter color. Both species are poisonous to cattle.

Albion Basin
Wasatch Mountains
Salt Lake County, Utah


by Sandra Bray