PlantFiles is getting a new look! Just in time for spring, we're rolling out a new look for the best online plants database. It will also work with your smart phones and mobile devices, so now you can take it with you on garden center visits or botanical garden tours. Questions or comments? Please post them here.

Prairie Larkspur
Delphinium carolinianum subsp. vimineum

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Delphinium (del-FIN-ee-um) (Info)
Species: carolinianum subsp. vimineum




12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Medium Blue

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Antonio, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 31, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant

Prairie Larkspur (Delphinium carolinianum subsp. vimineum) is a native plant that can be found growing in its natural habitat in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. It has 6 inch flower spikes. The flowers range in color from white through blue with many variations in the color range. Found in plains, prairies, meadows, pastures, and savannahs, it is not easily missed when in flower. It blooms in April and May.

All parts of the plants of the genus Delphinium contain poisons and should never be eaten. Humans and animals can be fatally poisoned by their consumption. Children are most vulnerable because of their small size and natural curiosity. Toxicity varies according to season and the plants' parts and ... read more