Delphinium tricorne Michx.
Dwarf larkspurs are North American natives.
Identification: Plants are 6-24" (15-60 cm) tall. Leaves near the base are on long stems, arranged loosely, up to 5" (12 cm), and deeply subdivided, somewhat palmlike in appearance. A single stem has a few alternate leaves, and is topped by a cluster of deep blue or violet or white flowers up to 6" (15 cm) tall. The attractive flowers have a spur about ¾" (2 cm) long behind them, opening into five petals. They appear from April to May. Fruits resemble groups of three tiny bean pods, each about 1" (2.5 cm) × ⅛" (5 mm).
Edibility: Poisonous Very poisonous to cattle because of alkaloids that act as neuromuscular blocking agents; probably also poisonous to people.
Delphinium tricorne on Missouriplants.com
Delphinium tricorne at Illinois Wildflowers
Delphinium tricorne at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site
Delphinium tricorne on nametheplant.net (Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia)
Delphinium tricorne at Kansas Native Plants
Delphinium tricorne at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Delphinium tricorne on the USDA Plants Database
Delphinium tricorne on Southeastern Flora, the Southeastern U.S. Plant Identification Resource
Delphinium tricorne at 2bnTheWild.com
Delphinium tricorne on eFloras
Delphinium tricorne description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.