Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Growth Habit: Perennial plant. Can grow up to 2 feet tall.
Leaves: Leaves are finely divided and lobed into 3 to 5 divisions that are lobed a second time.
Flowers: Flowers are terminal, purple in color. Distinct spur pointing backwards.
Seeds: Seeds are borne in an upright pod.
Roots: Tuberous. Woody.
Other: Native to the Rocky Mountain region and common in western rangelands. Similar to Tall Larkspur, but may be distinguished by its smaller, more finely divided leaves. Toxic alkaloids cause fatal poisoning in cattle, whereas sheep and horses are rarely affected.