Larkspur Flower History
birthdays with the larkspur, also
known as "Elijah's Chariot," the flower
of attachment, devotion and sincerity.
Related to buttercups, these
flowers are members of the Ranunculaceae
family and make up the genus Consolida
– which contains around 40 varieties
that are native to mild climates.
It used to be thought that
larkspur were delphiniums, but they
are separated by the fact that larkspur
are annual plants while delphiniums
A bit of a hypocrite, larkspur's mildly-poisonous flower is considered to be an antidote to poisonous stings. It is also used as an insecticide in the U.K., having been introduced there in the late 1700s. The North American plains are strewn with their blooms every spring through summer.
It is said that Larkspur first sprouted after the famous Battle of Troy. The warrior Ajax was supposed to receive slain Achilles' armor, but took his own life when the honor was passed to another warrior. On the spot where his blood pooled, it is told, there grew the first Larkspur.
Larkspur is a beautiful addition to floral
arrangements. In fact, it
is one of the most sought after plants
for dried flower arrangements.
Its petals can be white or pastel
pink to purple and grow in loose groups
above feathery leaves. Their
height varies, dependant upon variety,
from two to seven feet.