Flower spotlight: delphinium

Flower spotlight: delphinium

Delphinium, sometimes referred to as larkspur, is a stalky perennial flower with stunning blooms that come in a variety of colors. The flower is native to the tropical mountains of Africa and the Northern Hemisphere. Though highly toxic to both humans and animals, delphinium blooms are beautiful in any floral bouquet.

Ranging in color from purple and even white, delphinium is a hardy flower stem that commonly grow in meadows and are known for their dolphin-shaped petals. That specific shape is how they originally acquired their name in Ancient Greece from the word delphínion, meaning dolphin. Delphiniums attract most pollinators, such as butterflies and bees, and can grow up to six feet tall. That makes them a staple in many gardens that want to blend beauty with privacy, and it also means they add beautiful height to cut floral bouquets.

Notoriously difficult to bloom, delphiniums planted in the garden grow best in morning sun areas with consistently moist soil. They can grow in single or double stalks and are best planted at the back of the garden due to their height. Once established, they multiply quickly and tend to grow in clumps. The most common color is blue, though hybrids come in a wide variety of colors.

Every part of this flower is toxic to humans and animals, especially the newer growth and the seeds, which can cause abdominal discomfort if ingested. But as with any wild thing that deserves respect, this flower can be used safely for many things and is still very lovely.

Contact us today at 405-721-1813 to order a floral arrangement featuring delphinium  as the focal with other beautiful flowers.

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