Did you know that every month has a birth flower dedicated to it? Today we’re shedding a little light on July’s: the Delphinium.
Now that we’re at the peak of summer, it's no surprise that July’s birth flower is a serious and dramatic head-turner capable of serious eye-envy with its ability to grow as high as eight feet tall (the larkspur aka the delphinium). And of course, flowers being flowers, each color variation holds a unique special meaning. Today, in honor of July birthdays, we’re sharing some colorful and fun fact about these attention-grabbing flowers.
Also referred to as delphiniums (names are interchangeable), the larkspur received its name during the Tudor period for resembling the shape of its nectary while looks very much like the royal house’s symbol of the lark’s claw. According to Greek mythology, this flower first bloomed from where the blood of Ajax (a Greek God) who was killed while fighting the battle of Troy.
The delphinium gets its name from the Greek word “delphis” meaning dolphin; this refers to the intricate shaping of its closed flower buds which closely resembles a dolphin’s nose.
Delphinium are great, protective plans as they deter poisonous snakes and have been known to cure scorpion stings and other parasites. According to English lore, some would even immerse themselves in it in bath water to protect themselves from ghosts and evil magic. With its colorful blossoms it’s no surprise the Native Americans and Europeans used it for dye and tints.
The delphinium also represents the strong connection of love. Their meaning also evolved to include an openness to new experiences and an overall positive state of mind. And while their (usual) blue flowers transcend feelings of warmth and joy, they're great for gifting to those who need a broader horizon in their future. Course, its meaning changes with the hues it showcases; blue larkspurs represent dignity and grace while white, pink, and light blue delphiniums represent youth and renewal.
If you have any close friends of loved ones who are celebrating a July birthday, indulge them with one of our artificial silk delphinium arrangements for a permanent hint of fauxever-lasting beauty. For more inspiration head over to our Pinterest Board dedicated to July's birth flower.
Please note all imagery featured is purely inspiration and not a product of Nearly Natural.