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Larkspur (Consolida spp.)


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This plant was growing on waste/grassland near an old church. It was in the middle of the open area and had not been planted but most likely an escapee from a cultivated plant. It belongs to the genus Consolida, often classified into the large genus Delphinium. The plants grow in southern Europe and North America. It is a plants of fields, hedgerows and fallow land. There are many cultivated varieties. The plants usually have blue pink or even white flowers. The upper sepal forms a long spur. The petals join at the base to form a spur. The leaves are divided into numerous thread-like segments. Picture taken 24th July at Elstow, Bedfordshire.

27th Jul 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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