[ lahrk-spur ]
/ ˈlɑrkˌspɜr /
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any of several plants belonging to the genera Delphinium and Consolida, of the buttercup family, characterized by the spur-shaped formation of the calyx and petals.
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Origin of larkspur

First recorded in 1570–80; lark1 + spur1

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What does larkspur mean?

A larkspur is a tall plant with spiky blue, purple, pink, or white flowers. The flower itself is also commonly called a larkspur.

The larkspur is part of the genus Delphinium and the genus Consolida. Larkspurs are part of the family Ranunculaceae.

Many varieties of larkspur are popular as ornamental plants in flower gardens.

The larkspur is one of the July birth flowers (a flower that’s associated with a particular month in the same way as a birthstone). They are often used in bouquets.

Example: The larkspurs in the garden are just starting to bloom.

Where does larkspur come from?

The first records of the word larkspur come from the 1570s. Its name is a reference to the fact that the shape of the flower resembles the spur (claw) of a lark (the bird).

Larkspurs can be either perennial or annual. Annual varieties of larkspur only flower for one season, while perennials have a longer life cycle. They typically bloom from late spring to late summer.

Like all delphinium species, larkspurs are poisonous to both humans and animals when ingested.

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How is larkspur used in real life?

Larkspurs are popular garden flowers. The blue variety is especially popular.

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Larkspurs are poisonous if eaten.

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British Dictionary definitions for larkspur

/ (ˈlɑːkˌspɜː) /

any of various ranunculaceous plants of the genus Delphinium, with spikes of blue, pink, or white irregular spurred flowers

Word Origin for larkspur

C16: lark 1 + spur
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