The name of this flower derives from the Greek for 'dolphin' (delphis) as its buds appear like a dolphin's snout. The flower earned its more common names Larkspur & Lark's Heel because of how its spurs resemble the foot of a lark. In terms of history, the delphinium has an interesting one, shrouded in myth and legend.
The ancient Greeks believed that the flower had magical properties and in Transylvania delphiniums were used to ward off witches from stables. In Medieval England the root of the flower was also used to make love potions - something which we don't recommend as the plant is poisonous!
Scientific name: Delphinium
Common name: Lark's claw or Lark's heel
Availability: April-November, peaks June-October
Vase life: Approx. 7 days
Colour range: All shades of blue plus purple, lilac, pink and white
Note: all parts of the delphinium are poisonous, so handle with care and always wash hands after contact with them.
For the HomeFor impact, arrange these striking flowers en masse in blocks of single colour or combine them with golden sunflowers for a cheerful summery display.
To create a look with more vintage appeal combine soft shades of pink, lilac and white and display in an oversized jug.
The delphinium is a truly impressive flower, ideal for showy arrangements and particularly suited to summer weddings. Smaller varieties such as 'Volkerfrieden' would complement their taller cousins when used in tied posies and shower bridal bouquets.
"Delphiniums add the real wow factor to wedding designs by providing height and structure. For dramatic table arrangements combine them with roses and blowsy hydrangeas to create volume at the base of the design."Karen Barnes, Wedding Flowers Expert
The Meaning of Delphinium
The meaning of delphiniums is generally accepted as 'big hearted'. Like many flowers, different colours of delphiniums often carry their own significance.
Blue, the most common colour, signifies dignity and grace while white and pink represent new life and the power of youth.
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