Montana Outdoors

May 22, 2018

Upland Larkspur

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 1:35 pm

Upland Larkspur

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Upland Larkspur ~ delphinium nuttallianum

Larkspur is another plant that is toxic to cattle and highly toxic to humans. Interestingly, it doesn’t affect sheep and so sheep can be used to eradicate it from restricted ranges.

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  1. I wonder shy sheep can eat it and cows not. Good thing there is something that can get rid of it for us, but it really is a pretty flower.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 22, 2018 @ 2:17 pm

    • It’s very interesting that sheep are unaffected while cattle are not. With the Death Camas, sheep are more affected than cattle.

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      Comment by montucky — May 22, 2018 @ 9:12 pm

      • There has to be a physiological reason for it – something about how the animals are built that gives them protection or not.

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 22, 2018 @ 10:17 pm

        • That has been something interesting to me; also some of the plants the indigenous people ate that were poisonous but rendered edible by a special way of cooking them.

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          Comment by montucky — May 22, 2018 @ 10:28 pm

  2. That’s one I’ve searched for years for with no luck at all. Apparently larkspur just doesn’t do well here.
    I wish they did-it’s a beautiful flower!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — May 22, 2018 @ 2:49 pm

  3. That is interesting how toxic that beautiful flower is to cattle and humans but not so much so for sheep. It is very pretty indeed!

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    Comment by dhphotosite — May 22, 2018 @ 7:31 pm

    • I don’t understand why sheep are not affected. Usually they are affected by anything that affects cattle.

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      Comment by montucky — May 22, 2018 @ 9:17 pm

  4. Such a delicate, if deadly, beauty!

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — May 22, 2018 @ 8:15 pm

    • I’ve noticed that most of the poisonous plants are quite pretty. There is another plant in the Buttercup family that has beautiful purple flowers but is also highly toxic; Columbian Monkshood.

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      Comment by montucky — May 22, 2018 @ 9:25 pm

      • And then they have such unimposing names! They should rather have been called “Blue Death” or “Purple Murder” so that one would know immediately to treat them with the utmost respect! 😀

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        Comment by de Wets Wild — May 23, 2018 @ 6:29 am

        • Yes. Other than the Death Camas, other poisonous plants have no warning in their names and I’ve found that lots of people don’t even know they are toxic.

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          Comment by montucky — May 23, 2018 @ 7:22 am

  5. Very pretty flower. How strange that its toxic to one animal and not another. I suppose its something to do with their digestive system.

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    Comment by Vicki — May 23, 2018 @ 4:21 am

  6. The background in that first photo really sets off the flower. On the other hand, the details in the second photo are extraordinary. I like the clustered stamens — there’s a lot for pollinators to like in that flower!

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    Comment by shoreacres — May 23, 2018 @ 6:58 am

    • I’ve been finding that a cloudy sky makes a good background for flowers, but it isn’t always easy to set up a shot. It’s rather difficult to get a good look at one of the individual blossoms, but there’s a lot going on there. The pollinators are mainly butterflies and bumble bees and apparently there is no toxicity problem with the nectar.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2018 @ 7:31 am

  7. So beautiful. Did you take that first photo inside against a white wall? Makes it look like botanical art.

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    Comment by Tammie — May 23, 2018 @ 1:53 pm

    • No, the background is just a cloudy sky. Getting the shot involved getting a little dirty.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2018 @ 6:35 pm

  8. Very interesting. I also notice immediately that the background of first photo is different. Great set of pics.

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    Comment by Sartenada — May 24, 2018 @ 2:36 am

    • The background of the first photo is just the cloudy sky. Kind of hare to capture the photo, but the background doesn’t detract from the subject.

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      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2018 @ 9:30 am

  9. Interesting that it doesn’t affect sheep .. handy indeed

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — May 25, 2018 @ 1:45 pm


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