Eastern Larkspur - Consolida hispanica

Alternative names
Oriental Knight's-spur
Consolida orientalis
Description

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
ID guidance

Refer to keys in Stace

Recording advice

Specimen or photo needs to be verified by a CR, or an explanation of how it fits the key in Stace

Habitat

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

Annual.

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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