|Larkspur, Annual Delphinium (Delphinium ajacis)|
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A member of the Ranunculaceae family, larkspurs are closely related to delphiniums and are easily confused with standard delphiniums because both are characterized by large, showy flowers densely packed on sturdy spikes. However, larkspurs' more delicate, fern-like foliage sets them apart from their botanical relative.
Larkspur can be found in striking shades of blue, lavender, pink and white. Stems can grow to nearly 5 feet tall, making them perfect as a filler flower or a tall backdrop for other flowers. All parts of the plant are poisonous,and should be kept away from small children and pets. In fact, when larkspurs were first cultivated at the time of the pharaohs, they were used as a remedy for ridding oneself of body vermin.
Care and Handling
Larkspurs dry well. Select stems for drying with fully open flower spikes.
Virsitile linear element for arranging.
Colors: Lavender, purple, pink, and white.