Larkspur flowers for July

Just like birthstones and zodiacs, each month is also associated with a specific flower. The month of July is represented by Larkspur, which is also known as delphinium and they are quite popular in gardens as well as flower arrangements.

The name delphinium comes from the Latin word “delphus”, meaning dolphin. The name Larkspur is due to the shape of the plant which is similar to a spur as well as the heel of a lark. Some other common names for this flower include Lark’s Heel, Knight’s Spur, and Lark’s Claw. All of which are understandable given the explanantion above.

These flowering plants are as beautiful as they are toxic. They are dangerous to humans and animals so you should cultivate and display with care. Interestingly enough, sheep seem to be immune to the toxins of this plant and have shown no sypmtoms after consumption.

Although they are toxic, the plant does offer some health benefits. It has been used in the past to treat such medical problems as insect bites, intestinal worms, anxiety, and even insomnia. That said, it might still be best to steer clear of ingesting these floral beauties!

Larkspur are known to grow incredibly tall, They can reach as high as 6 feet tall but the usual average height is between 1 and 2 feet. If you plan on growing your own, you might want to plant them in a location where they cannot overcrowd any other plants or flowers. They will get tall enough to block the sun and any shorter flowers could easily perish as a result. They love water and are best grown in cooler parts of the garden. These plants don’t need much care at all. In fact, even fertilizer is optional!

Display these gorgeous flowers all on their own or along with other flowers if you like. They add wonderful height to any vertical arrangement and can be accompanied by flowers like lilies, chrysanthemums, or anything with a distinctly different texture from that of the delphinium. This helps create superb contrast! Given their blue-ish appearance, you may also like pairing them with bright yellow flowers or even white blooms for a more subtle effect.