Larkspur. My favourite flower I've grown this year.
Feathery green leaves and dusty purple petals. This is a special flower.
Special to me because it's one of the first flowers grown successfully on our small patch of land.
But apart from that, this flower is steeped in history and intrigue.
Greek Mythology tells of the first Larkspur flower growing from the blood of Ajax at the Battle of Troy, while in other parts of the world, the plant was used to deter unwanted visitors from ghosts to witches and scorpions.
As for the name, it is thought to come from the Meadowlark because of it’s longer petal resembling the lark’s spur or claw. Indigenous Peoples of North America (who used the flowers to dye clothes) have their own legend which speaks of a celestial being coming down to Earth on a shard of sky, it shattered, and wherever a piece fell, the Larkspur flower grew.
Healing wounds, curing head lice and even improving eyesight were some traditional uses but it’s important to mention that the plant is poisonous - do not eat it!
Closely related to the Delphinium and member of the Buttercup family, Larkspur grows in many colours and symbolises love, joy, positivity and success. It’s also the Birth Flower of July so we’ll pop some in our letterboxes whenever we can this month.
Some may even be grown by us!