Monday, July 6, 2020

Nuttall’s Larkspur

I think this wildflower is Nuttall’s Larkspur, Delphinium nuttallii, which is common in south Puget Sound prairies. This habitat is exactly where Erika and I found a few along the Yelm-Tenino Bike Trail south of Olympia on 5 July 2020. The relatively unicolored flowers that lack white spots should serve as field marks for this species. I have always though that larkspurs are named for the long back claws of larks.

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