Delphinium (Larkspur)

Delphinium, commonly known as Larkspur, is a genus of about 300 species in the family Ranunculaceae, native to Northern Hemisphere, with a few species found in Africa.
Delphiniums are widely known for their showy spikes, strong stems and beautiful blue flowers.

Name meaning:

The genus name comes from the Greek word for dolphin – “delphis”, because of the flower shape.

Delphinium symbolism:

It symbolizes lightness, fun, levity and joy.


Interesting facts about Delphinium:

Delphinium Cultivars

Delphiniums grown in gardens today are usually hybrids, which development began in the 19th century.
Most of the cultivars and hybrids are derived from Delphinium elatum, which originated in Europe.

Is Delphinium toxic?

The flowers are beautiful, but toxic. All species are toxic to both humans and animals, causing skin irritation and digestive problems if ingested. As the plant grows, it loses some of its toxicity.

Benefits and Uses

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.

Plant Type:

Perennials

Color:

Delphiniums come in several colors, including blue, red, pink, white, violet, and yellow, but blue is the most common.