Grazing North Texas: Prairie Larkspur

By Tony Dean

Prairie larkspur is one of our flowering range plants some of us may not be familiar with, but it’s one we should know.

Prairie larkspur is an early flowering perennial forb, growing erect to a height of two to three feet. Flowers grow on a slender stem and are about one inch long and one inch wide, ranging in color from white to deep blue. Petal-like sepals form what appear to be small spurs, thus giving the plant its name.

Early botanist thought the flowers resembled the spurs on the foot of a lark, while the Spanish name for larkspur is Espuela de Caballero, or spur of the horseman. The main pollinator is the bumblebee.

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