Eastern Larkspur - Consolida hispanica

    Alternative names
    Oriental Knight's-spur
    Consolida orientalis

    This plant has oblong to linear, 3-lobed leaves plus spikes of spurred flowers have five petals which may be dark blue or violet-red, often slightly flecked.

    Similar Species

    2 other species of Consolida

    Identification difficulty
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    Usually found as a garden escape or birdseed alien, sometimes on rubbish dumps or disturbed ground close to habitation.

    When to see it

    Flowering mostly between June and August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Rarely recorded in the wild in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare, or rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire, and is not listed in the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011).

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