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Wildflower panel concurs: Mystery flower is Larkspur

Comments re photo 59887 Wildflowers of Kentucky Blooming in Gadberry KY area
Wendy Burt, Janice Wilkerson, and Kenton Jessie, all identify Charles Marshburn's myster flower as larkspur
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By CM Wildflower editor

Charles Marshburn's picture of unidentified flowers growing in Gadberry, KY, drew three answers, all three concurring:


Wendy Butler Burt wrote at 2:14pmCT, 25 Apr 2015: "From Wildflowers of Tennesse, the Ohio Valley , and the Southern Appalachians by Horn & Cathcart: 'Dwarf Larkspur (Delphinium tricorne), also called Spring Larkspur. When admiring this plant, you may hear a buzzing noise coming from the flower, probably a pollinator maneuvering inside the tube, most likely a hard working bumblebee. It is also pollinated by butterflies and moths. The Hopi Indians extracted a blue dye from larkspur flowers. Later settlers did the same, but mixed the dye with a fixative to make blue ink.' -Wendy Butler Burt

Janice Wilkerson wrote at 3:29pmCT, 25 Apr 2015: "The flower is a Delphinium, the common name is "Larkspur"

Kenton Jessie wrote at 1:16amCT, 26 Apr 2015: "The purple flower appears to me to be Larkspur, Delphinium tricorne. According to the book "Wildflowers of Mammoth Cave National Park" by Randy Seymour."


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Wildflowers of Kentucky: Blooming in Gadberry, KY (Delphinium)



2015-04-24 - Greater Gadberry, KY - Photo by Charles Marshburn.
Charles Marshburn sent this photo of wildflowers blooming in the Greater Gadberry area, but did not identify them. Could somebody help before our phone rings of the hook with people complaining? - EW
Click Read More for Answers Already received from Wendy Butler Burt, Janice Wilkerson, and Kenton Jessie, all of whom concur that the plant is larkspur.

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