Saturday, June 23, 2012

Colorful Assortment

Larkspur , my birthflower is a member of the delphinium family and a fast-growing garden favorite. Derived from the word of Greek "delphis", meaning dolphin. Other names include Lark's Claw, Lark's Heel and Knight's Spur. Delphinium (its scientific name) refers to the shape of the bud that look like a fat dolphin. The plant can be found blooming starting in late spring and continuing through late summer, the plants are being pollinated by bumble bees and butterflies.

There are more than 150 species of larkspur can be found growing wild in any parts of the world where the climate is mild. There are over 1,000 cultivated varieties. The most sought varieties of the flowers are rather closely packed on tall spikes with a height of about five to six feet. Larkspur is very easily cultivated. Larkspur plants grow best in deep, rich loam soil and in places well exposed to the sun.


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