Delphinium (Larkspur annual)

(Larkspur annual)

Larkspur-WildLarkspur Flowers

Larkspur has a main erect stem, the size varies depending on it’s climate location,  in alpine regions it might grow to 10 cm in height an in lower altitude meadowlands it can grow upwards of 2 meters tall. The plant is topped with raceme, which contains many flowers in June and July in the northern hemisphere. The flowers vary in color from blue and purple, to red, yellow, or white. Most Larkspur flowers get their name from the five petal-like sepals which grow together and form a hollow pocket with a spur at the end. The nectar-containing spurs of the two upper petals is enclosed by the long spur of the upper sepal.The Seeds are often shiny black and small. Larkspurs flower from late spring well onto late summer.

Larkspur-Wild Wild Alpine Larkspur

Native throughout the Northern Hemisphere and also on the high mountains of tropical Africa.

Conditions of Poisoning:
Ingestion, Skin Contact

Toxic Principle:
Diterpene alkaloids

Clinical Symptoms:
The toxicity of the plant may vary depending on seasonal changes and field conditions; as the plant matures, it generally becomes less toxic. The alkaloids in the plant cause skin irritation, sever digestive discomfort, neuromuscular paralysis; clinical effects include constipation, colic, increased salivation, muscle tremors, stiffness, weakness, recumbency, and convulsions. Cardiac failure may occur, as can death from respiratory paralysis.


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