Newton's Larkspur - Rare Wildflower
Newton's Larkspur is a very rare member of the Larkspur (Delphinium) genus, in the ranunculacaea family, which also includes the domesticated Larkspur and Delphinium. It has been documented in the wild in only four counties in northern Arkansas, near the Buffalo River, making it one of the world's most rare plant species. The Delphinium name comes from the latin word for dolphin, because the flower buds were thought to resemble dolphins. Other species of tall Larkspur are also quite poisonous, causing death from respiratory paralysis when eaten. In Transylvania, Larkspur was sometimes used to keep witches away from stables.