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Carolina Larkspur (Prairie Larkspur)

Small blue, lavender, or white flowers shaped like cornucopias dance along the tall stems of this Carolina larkspur, which grows in prairies and grasslands.

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Carolina Larkspur (Prairie Larkspur)

Delphinium carolinianum
Small blue, lavender, or white flowers shaped like cornucopias dance along the tall stems of this Carolina larkspur, which grows in prairies and grasslands.

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Columbine

Columbine occurs on rock ledges, on rocky slopes in woods, in ravines, and on bluffs, often in shaded locations. It’s easy to propagate from its many seeds and can be somewhat weedy in a garden.

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Columbine

Native to much of eastern North America, this columbine’s range almost matches the breeding territory of the ruby-throated hummingbird, its number-one pollinator. Columbines begin blooming about the same time hummingbirds migrate back to our state in spring.

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Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis
Native to much of eastern North America, this columbine's range almost matches the breeding territory of the ruby-throated hummingbird, its number-one pollinator. Fancy that!

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Columbine (Flower)

Columbine flowers have a distinctive shape. The 5 petals form long, hollow, red spurs containing nectar, and the 5 sepals are leaflike, attached between the petals, and light yellow. The numerous stamens extend below the flower. This member of the buttercup family blooms April–July.

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Dwarf Larkspur

Dwarf larkspur is a single-stemmed perennial with an upright flower stalk bearing racemes of bluish-purple flowers. Like other larkspurs, there is a spurlike appendage behind each flower.

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Dwarf Larkspur

Delphinium tricorne
Dwarf larkspur is a single-stemmed perennial with an upright flower stalk bearing racemes of bluish-purple flowers. Like other larkspurs, there is a spurlike appendage behind each flower.

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Dwarf Larkspur

The flowers of dwarf larkspur are irregular, with 5 showy, petal-like sepals; the true petals are reduced to inconsequential appendages. One sepal extends backward, forming a long spur. The flowers can be shades of blue, violet, and white. It blooms April-June. Leaves are few, shaped like an outstretched hand, and deeply divided into linear segments.

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Early Buttercup (Prairie Buttercup)

There are nearly 20 species in the genus Ranunculus in Missouri. Identify early buttercup by its early blooming time, its distinctively shaped, usually hairy leaves, and its preference for open woods, glades, or prairies.

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