Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Blazing Blue and Purple.... Larkspur.

The labels Larkspur and Delphinium are used interchangeably to describe the beautiful tall flowers that belong to the butterfly (Ranunculaceae) family.
The resemblance of the flower buds to a lark's claw or spur obviously gave rise to the former name back in Tudor times - and it is the same in French 'Pied d'alouette'.
Meanwhile for others, the flower buds brought to mind the shape of a dolphin - hence the Greek delphínion - Delphinium - and again the French equivalent; Dauphinelle. Whichever association made, and whatever name is used, the colours of the flowers are just magical whether they are soft pink, mauve or blue. No wonder this flower is a symbol of positivity and was used to ward off evil !

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