Larkspur - The July Birth Flower
Larkspur or Delphinium is the birth flower for the month of July. It means an open heart and ardent attachment. It is a Greek word for dolphin. Legend says that Neptune would turn dolphins into delphinium to protect them from man capturing them.
Larkspur is grown in the northern Hemisphere and on the high mountains of Africa; it flowers from late spring to late summer. Larkspur is a popular garden plant that can grow up to 4 feet tall; there is over forty different species of larkspur that exist today. It’s most common colours are pink white and purple. During the Victorian era there were hidden messages associated with the colours. Pink symbolized fickleness, white meant joyful and purple meant sweet disposition. Larkspur is very toxic it can cause horrible vomiting, nausea, muscle spasms and abdominal pain. It has been known to cause illness in cattle therefore ranchers would avoid moving cattle until the late summer when the plant is less toxic.
It is believed that people began celebrating birthdays during the Roman Empire, in those times it was common for people to celebrate by offering gifts like jewellery and flowers, larkspur being one of them.
Traditionally larkspur was used as herbal medicine and in ancient times people used larkspur to control body lice, heal wounds and treat hemorrhoids. In some cases people would plant larkspur around there homes to prevent bad spirits and keep poisonous creatures away from their land.
Larkspur is a popular cut flower used by most florists; it is great for all occasions such as weddings, birthdays, sympathy arrangements and many more. It is easy to work with and is versatile for all styles of floral design. It is seen used in floral competitions all around the world.