Question - Is Larkspur a flower?

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Larkspur is the flower of the month of July and its meaning denotes Fickleness. Larkspur (Delphinium consolida) belongs to the buttercup family - Ranunculaceae. Larkspur flowers are almost as complex as the Orchids. The colorful Larkspur blooms cover a spectrum from white to blue to violet. A member of the Buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family, larkspur is the common name for a group of flowering perennials in the genus Delphinium. Their flowers are in a variety of colors, including blue, lavender, white and red. Larkspur features silvery green, lobed leaves and tall, flower-covered spikes. Larkspur is also an annual while delphinium is a perennial, and though they look nearly the same, delphinium has separated sepals while larkspur has some conjoined ones. Both can be dried (larkspur more easily than delphinium), and both shrivel at the merest whisper of ethylene. Some cultivars have a light fragrance. Larkspur -- February Transplants: Flowering annuals that re-seed and return year after year can be as valuable as perennial flowers to the garden. There is something magical about plants that like your garden so well that they choose to come back each year for another visit. Larkspur - Key Growing Information DAYS TO GERMINATION: 14-21 days at 55°F (13°C). Chill seed for 7 days at 35°F (2°C) to improve germination. SOWING: Direct seed (recommended): Sow seeds 1/4" deep in early spring for summer bloom or in fall for bloom the following year.

Larkspur: A great colorful spiky bloom for late spring and early summer bouquets. Flowers come in a wide range of colors and are easy to grow and harvest. If sown two to three times in the fall/winter and again in early spring, up to four or five good crops can be had per season.

More commonly known as Larkspur, these flowering plants are highly poisonous and pose a great threat to both dogs and humans. While they can cause neuromuscular effects in our pawed pals, a small amount of the plant can kill a human.

Toxicity. All parts of these plants are considered toxic to humans, especially the younger parts, causing severe digestive discomfort if ingested, and skin irritation. Larkspur, especially tall larkspur, is a significant cause of cattle poisoning on rangelands in the western United States.

---Medicinal Action and Uses---As in Stavesacre, the part used medicinally is the seed, a tincture of which in like manner acts as a parasiticide and insecticide, being used to destroy lice and nits in the hair.

Sow in place because larkspur does not transplant well. Sow in the fall or as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring. For summer and fall blooms in cool climates, successively sow 2 to 3 weeks apart until mid-May. Larkspur related species: Many of the true perennial delphiniums may be grown as summer annuals.

Larkspurs require cool temperatures to successfully germinate and bloom, so they grow best when sown directly in the garden in early spring before the soil warms. The seeds germinate reliably under the correct conditions and will mature to a height of 1 to 4 feet in just a few months.

Planting larkspur seeds in peat pots or other plantable containers will also work. After germination, when seedlings in peat pots have two sets of true leaves, they may be moved into the garden or a permanent container. Growing larkspur flowers do not like to be moved, so plant seeds into their permanent location.

Consolida ajacis is often confused with the delphinium plant. Larkspurs are annuals, and delphiniums are perennials. But larkspur plants easily reseed, rejuvenating their "colonies" each season.

Larkspurs are among the easiest annuals to grow. Sow them in the garden in early spring – or fall in warm climates. They tolerate most soils, but grow best in light, well-draining soil. Plant larkspurs in full sun and keep the soil slightly moist.

Larkspur Meanings and Symbolism The larkspur represents the strong bond of love. In general, it signifies an open heart, ardent attachment to someone and the celebration of positivity. As with many flowers, the symbolism changes with the color of the bloom.

Do not pinch campanula, cockscomb, delphinium, dill, stock, larkspur and most sunflowers. Do pinch annuals such as coleus, impatiens, salvia, most snapdragons and petunias early in the season to encourage bushing and spreading.

The colorful Larkspur blooms cover a spectrum from white to blue to violet. Larkspur Flowers are irregularly shaped and bloom in a loose, vertical grouping along the upper end of the plant's main stalk. Larkspur is actually a very complex flower consisting of both petals and sepals.