Thursday, June 30, 2011

Larkspur ~ Flower of the Month

Scientific name: Delphinium
Family: Ranunculaceae
Delphinium was called lark's heel by Shakespeare himself.  The scientific name delphinium refers to the shape of the bud, it is thought to look like a fat dolphin. 
Larkspur makes an excellent line flower.  We often use it to add height to arrangements, or width on table pieces.  Look for this summer flower in our cooler all month long.  It goes amazing with sunflowers, bright gerbera daisies, and even roses.
You can find Larkspur growing in gardens and fields.  They grow best in spring and early summer, making them ideal for summertime arrangements.  Larkspur comes in a variety of colors including reds, pinks, violet, and white.  We enjoy the rich color of this blue larkspur.  When searching for blue flowers it can be difficult to find.  You will find larkspur in not only our everyday arrangements but in bridal bouquets.  The deep coloring really pops in bouquets.  The blooms are small so they can be clipped from the stem and added to just about anything.  

The shape of the larkspur is very unique.  When they are just budding they have a unique bell shape, as they open they have a unique and very distinct look.  Their bloom is loos and grows vertically up the long main stalk of the plant.

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