One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A popular garden plant of the buttercup family, which bears tall spikes of blue flowers.
Genus Delphinium, family Ranunculaceae
- ‘Many other garden plants are also highly toxic, including rhubarb leaves, autumn crocuses, delphiniums, foxgloves and laburnum.’
- ‘If I am diligent I can get an extra few weeks out of the delphiniums, foxgloves and monkshood by removing the spent blooms.’
- ‘Some flowers, such as delphiniums, keep their color better if dried quickly near sources of warm air such as a heater.’
- ‘Enjoy lobelia, lupins and delphiniums while you can.’
- ‘Seeds of most hardy perennials - including bleeding heart, butterfly weed, columbine, delphinium, liatris, and penstemon - require a period of chilling to germinate.’
- ‘Roses are beginning to bloom, delphiniums are tall and lupins dot the beds with their spikes of bright colour.’
- ‘A few delphiniums or campanulas, for example, can turn a country bouquet into a work of art.’
- ‘The air flow discourages fungal diseases and, because it's slowed down by the trellis, is gentler on plants like delphiniums that can easily be snapped by a sudden gust of wind.’
- ‘The upper bed is mostly for perennials, including red-and-white columbines, purple blue campanulas, and tall blue delphiniums fronted by yellow and orange Iceland poppies.’
- ‘I love plants in season - old roses are a summer favourite - and I've got delphiniums, pelargoniums, agapanthus, tulips, silver birch, to name a few.’
- ‘She uses all colors, but especially likes the bold blues of delphiniums and larkspur and the soft blue of Russian sage.’
- ‘Other pricey plants that easily start from seed include delphiniums, foxgloves, black-eyed Susans, and coneflowers.’
- ‘Around the barn a flagged terrace is encircled by cottage garden plants, such as delphiniums, rambling roses, geraniums, dianthus and lupins.’
- ‘Plants that may require staking to hold their blooms high include Canterbury bells, hollyhocks, and verbascums, with foxgloves and delphiniums in the upper garden zones.’
- ‘Near the back of that same border I have some very tall delphiniums and Aconitum.’
- ‘Put stakes and supports in place for tall, herbaceous plants, like peonies and delphiniums.’
- ‘Fastening tall plants, such as crocosmia or delphinium, to stakes has never been an easy task.’
- ‘In the greenhouse are growing delphiniums, various blue and white campanula and white agerathemums.’
- ‘Next, to create a casual country look, she interspersed three large fieldstones in the bed, then planted flowering perennials such as astilbe, columbine, delphinium, and hellebore among them.’
- ‘Near the house, which bounds one side of the garden, she grows towering delphiniums and hollyhocks for their strong vertical interest.’
Modern Latin, from Greek delphinion ‘larkspur’, from delphin ‘dolphin’ (because of the shape of the spur, thought to resemble a dolphin's back).
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