Characteristics of the delphinium
The delphinium (also known as larkspur) is used very frequently in bouquets. It is very recognisable due to its shape: lots of small, uniquely shaped flowers on top of one another along a long stem. These stems can reach up to 2 metres in height!
The most recognisable colour that the delphinium comes in is blue, and it comes in various shades of blue to boot. For example, there are bright blue varieties, like a summer sky. The delphinium also comes in softer summer shades such as white and lilac.
Where does the name derive from?
The name larkspur refers to the protruding parts at the back of the flower, which are called spurs. However, most florists use the botanical name ‘delphinium’. This name is derived from the Latin word for dolphin, because while they are still in bud the tiny flowers of delphiniums kind of look like dolphins!