Lark Rising - Larkspur in July

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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.

Close up photograph of a Larkspur stem, the flowers are pale purple. The image shows the back of one flower and the hooked petal from which the Larkspur is thought to get it's name.


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!


Photograph showing a Larkspur plant. The flowers are pale purple.

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  • Florence Hocking (Author) on

    Thank you Jo, I just love them! And Happy Birthday for when it comes around, what a fantastic month for a birthday (I’m in December!) xx

  • Jo on

    My favourite flower i love it in bouquets i didnt know it was my birthday flower how fab x

  • Florence Hocking (Author) on

    Thank you Rae! I feel your pain – we have a big problem with slugs too, practically all my Stocks and Asters have been eaten this year, and I have a sum total of 3 Dhalia plants that made it after planting out what felt like hundreds of seedlings :(
    But actually not a single one of the Larkspur plants were eaten so either I was lucky or they just don’t taste as good to the slugs and snails! Recommend giving them a go and hopefully they’ll be left alone :)

  • Rae on

    They are beautiful! Are they as loved by slugs as delphiniums? I lost all my delphinium seedling flower spikes this year to slugs, I’m thinking of giving up on the delph family next year.

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