2 Apr 2011


 ‘Flowers are Love’s truest language; they betray,
Like the divining rods of Magi old,Where precious wealth lies buried, not of gold, But love–strong love, that can never decay!’
Park Benjamin, Sonnet—Flowers, Love’s Truest Language

The delphinium takes its name from the Greek word for ‘dolphin’, because the curve of the buds is thought to resemble a dolphin’s nose. A more common moniker for these flowers is ‘larkspur’, a reference to the famous songbird. From this designation, the flower draws its meanings of ‘swiftness’, ‘airiness’ and ‘lightness’.

And while Frank Sinatra may be able to fly you to the moon, the larkspur takes you on more floral flights of fancy. But this levity can also translate into those who trifle with the emotions of others, and so can be sent as a hint to a lover that is taking the relationship for granted—the pink varieties in particular are symbols of fickleness.

Delphiniums are a compliment to friends who have touched you with their sense of fun, their boldness and big hearts. They are also a symbol of sweetness. Send delphiniums to promote someone’s sense of well-being. While there are plenty of flowers in praise of outward beauty, these go to people with beautiful spirits. They also declare the giver’s ardent attachment. The larkspur can be used in celebrating a July birthday.

*     Airy
*    Ardent attachment
*     Beautiful spirits
*     Big-hearted
*     Bold
*     Fickle (Pink)
*     First love (Purple)
*     Flight of fancy
*     Haughty (Purple)
*     Joyful and happy-go-lucky
*     July birthdays
*    Levity or flippancy
*     Light
*     Sweet
*     Swift
*     Well-being

Origin: Delphiniums can be found all through the northern hemisphere.
Season: Late spring to late summer.
Colour: Flowers occur in colours ranging from purple to blue, red, yellow and white.

Author: Alethea Dean

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