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Larkspur (Consolida ajacis)

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Introduction

  • Erect, little-branched herb, 30-90 cm tall   Larkspur (consolida ajacis)  .
  • Closely related and sometimes included in the genus Delphinium.
  • Leaves:
    • Alternately placed.
    • Slender stalks.
    • Divided into 5-7 almost separate lobes.
    • Each lobe deeply toothed.
  • Flowers:
    • Blue or white.
    • Spurred blossoms.
    • ~3 cm long.
  • 3 short-pointed rather fragile, widely spreading pods about 2 cm long develop from each blossom.
  • Pods contain numerous small, dark seeds.
  • Also dwarf Rocket larkspur.

Toxicity

  • Although larkspurs contain several other alkaloids, the main poison is the glucoside delphinin.

Clinical signs

  • Agitation.
  • Breathing difficulties.
  • Inco-ordination.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Muscular spasms.
  • Difficulty in standing.

Treatment

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Allison K & Day C (1997) A Guide to Plants Poisonous to Horses. British Association of Holistic Nutrition and Medicine.