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.
- ‘Roses are beginning to bloom, delphiniums are tall and lupins dot the beds with their spikes of bright colour.’
- ‘Many other garden plants are also highly toxic, including rhubarb leaves, autumn crocuses, delphiniums, foxgloves and laburnum.’
- ‘Fastening tall plants, such as crocosmia or delphinium, to stakes has never been an easy task.’
- ‘Put stakes and supports in place for tall, herbaceous plants, like peonies and delphiniums.’
- ‘A few delphiniums or campanulas, for example, can turn a country bouquet into a work of art.’
- ‘Enjoy lobelia, lupins and delphiniums while you can.’
- ‘Near the back of that same border I have some very tall delphiniums and Aconitum.’
- ‘Other pricey plants that easily start from seed include delphiniums, foxgloves, black-eyed Susans, and coneflowers.’
- ‘Seeds of most hardy perennials - including bleeding heart, butterfly weed, columbine, delphinium, liatris, and penstemon - require a period of chilling to germinate.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Near the house, which bounds one side of the garden, she grows towering delphiniums and hollyhocks for their strong vertical interest.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Some flowers, such as delphiniums, keep their color better if dried quickly near sources of warm air such as a heater.’
- ‘If I am diligent I can get an extra few weeks out of the delphiniums, foxgloves and monkshood by removing the spent blooms.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In the greenhouse are growing delphiniums, various blue and white campanula and white agerathemums.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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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