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
- ‘She uses all colors, but especially likes the bold blues of delphiniums and larkspur and the soft blue of Russian sage.’
- ‘Fastening tall plants, such as crocosmia or delphinium, to stakes has never been an easy task.’
- ‘Many other garden plants are also highly toxic, including rhubarb leaves, autumn crocuses, delphiniums, foxgloves and laburnum.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Enjoy lobelia, lupins and delphiniums while you can.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Near the house, which bounds one side of the garden, she grows towering delphiniums and hollyhocks for their strong vertical interest.’
- ‘Roses are beginning to bloom, delphiniums are tall and lupins dot the beds with their spikes of bright colour.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Around the barn a flagged terrace is encircled by cottage garden plants, such as delphiniums, rambling roses, geraniums, dianthus and lupins.’
- ‘In the greenhouse are growing delphiniums, various blue and white campanula and white agerathemums.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A few delphiniums or campanulas, for example, can turn a country bouquet into a work of art.’
- ‘Some flowers, such as delphiniums, keep their color better if dried quickly near sources of warm air such as a heater.’
- ‘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 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Other pricey plants that easily start from seed include delphiniums, foxgloves, black-eyed Susans, and coneflowers.’
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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