Delphinium tricorne, Lark Spur
The Larkspur, also commonly referred to by its Latin, scientific name Delphinium (meaning Dolphin), is a genus of flowering plants that are typically native to the Northern Continents. These plants may also, more rarely, be found growing in mountainous regions of Africa. Larkspurs are distinct in that they are incredibly toxic, both to man and animal (don't eat them!) and can usually be identified by their five spreading and peculiarly shaped and extremely colorful, petals which look very similar to a fish or dolphin (hence the terminology). In color and hue, Larkspurs tend towards purple or bluish purple and grow in thick, tall tufts. Though they cannot be eaten raw by humans, Larkspurs are exceedingly attractive to butterflies and can be used in flowering gardens to attract them.