Sep. 2, 2018

twolobe larkspur, Delphinium nuttallianum

Humans apparently have a long history of admiring larkspurs. Delphinium is from the ancient Greek name for them. They grow around the world's north temperate zone. Twolobe larkspurs were used ceremonially by Indians, most recently by the Shuswap Tribe, who's young girls scattered them with roses during the Church's Corpus Christi ritual. The flowers, mixed with alum, provide a blue dye. Twolobe larkspur grows in AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NE, NM, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY, AB, and BC. Summit Co CO, 6/19/13.