The genus name comes from the Greek word for dolphin – “delphis”, because of the flower shape.
It symbolizes lightness, fun, levity and joy.
Delphiniums were once used as a common dye and also as a medicine to help with relaxation and sleep.
Today, the plant is considered toxic so it is no longer used for internal use.
Delphiniums grown in gardens today are usually hybrids, which development began in the 19th century.