Definition of delphinium in English:

delphinium

noun

  • A popular garden plant of the buttercup family, which bears tall spikes of blue flowers.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Roses are beginning to bloom, delphiniums are tall and lupins dot the beds with their spikes of bright colour.’
    • ‘Near the house, which bounds one side of the garden, she grows towering delphiniums and hollyhocks for their strong vertical interest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other pricey plants that easily start from seed include delphiniums, foxgloves, black-eyed Susans, and coneflowers.’
    • ‘She uses all colors, but especially likes the bold blues of delphiniums and larkspur and the soft blue of Russian sage.’
    • ‘Near the back of that same border I have some very tall delphiniums and Aconitum.’
    • ‘Seeds of most hardy perennials - including bleeding heart, butterfly weed, columbine, delphinium, liatris, and penstemon - require a period of chilling to germinate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the greenhouse are growing delphiniums, various blue and white campanula and white agerathemums.’
    • ‘Enjoy lobelia, lupins and delphiniums while you can.’
    • ‘Some flowers, such as delphiniums, keep their color better if dried quickly near sources of warm air such as a heater.’
    • ‘A few delphiniums or campanulas, for example, can turn a country bouquet into a work of art.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Around the barn a flagged terrace is encircled by cottage garden plants, such as delphiniums, rambling roses, geraniums, dianthus and lupins.’
    • ‘If I am diligent I can get an extra few weeks out of the delphiniums, foxgloves and monkshood by removing the spent blooms.’
    • ‘Put stakes and supports in place for tall, herbaceous plants, like peonies and delphiniums.’

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek delphinion ‘larkspur’, from delphin ‘dolphin’ (because of the shape of the spur, thought to resemble a dolphin's back).

Pronunciation

delphinium

/dɛlˈfɪniəm//delˈfinēəm/