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.
The showy Delphinium flowers come in many colors, from white to blue to violet.
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.
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.