Symbolizes levity or lightness and can also be indicative of fickleness and haughtiness.
Larkspurs were, in the past, classified as a species in the genus Delphinium, but today they constitute a genus of their own, Consolida (con-SAW-li-da).
Larkspur florets, which are often doubles, are about 1.5cm wide, cup-shaped, with a nectar spur at the back giving rise to the common name “Larkspur”. The flowers grow on short stems in spike-shaped clusters. As cut flowers, stems range from about 60-90cm long and are frequently branched. The Larkspurs foliage is delicate, feathery and fern-like.
Larkspurs’ natural hues include white, light pink, dark pink, lilac, lavender and purple.
These flowers are available year-round from a combination of domestic and foreign growers; however, supplies are greatest from May through September.
The delicate blossom-encircled flower spikes add linear beauty to wildflower-inspired designs. If a stem becomes bent or collapses, insert a wire or chenille stem to repair it. No wilting will occur if a stem has not been punctured or severed.
Larkspurs can be air dried by hanging them upside down in a well-ventilated area at 21-28C for 2-4 weeks. To soften dried Larkspurs and reduce breakage, place them into a refrigerator for 24 hours before designing with them.
Larkspurs can be toxic to humans and animals. Contact can cause skin irritation, and ingestion can cause inflammation of the mouth, lips and tongue followed by numbness as well as stomach disorders. More info on larkspur toxicity and other harmful plants.