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Larkspur-Delphinium consolida flower

Larkspur - Delphinium consolida, this old-fashioned cottage flower belongs to the many July flowers, according to flower experts.

Though modest and delicate, the larkspur flowers, with their long spur behind the petals are a beautiful addition to any colorful bouquet, even if they don't last long in the vase.

In fact, I just received such a bouquet, which was the inspiration for this post.
Larkspur-Delphinium consolida-macro
The showy Delphinium flowers come in many colors, from white to blue to violet.
Delphinium consolida-Larkspur flower
Delphiniums are part of the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae.
The name Delphinium, comes from the Latin for dolphin and refers to the shape of the flower bud.
Larkspur flower bud
Though all parts of the plant are poisonous, extracts of it have been used in herbal medicine, in small amounts.
Also, the contained alkaloid delphinine toxin has no effect on domestic sheep but is the major cause of cattle poisoning.

5 comments:

leavesnbloom said...

Isn't the blue so intense. I never knew that it was called after a dophin ............ I've stared hard at that picture but just can't see the similarity between the 2......but I was never a roman but I had to do 3 years of latin at school. :) Rosie

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Such a gorgeous blue.

Indrani said...

Beautiful flowers, cheerful shots. It is indeed rewarding growing them.

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Love that beautiful blue color.

Olga said...

It's so pretty. I love that deep blue color. Great shots!

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