The July flower of the month is bold and vibrant larkspur! This gorgeous summer flower is a wedding favorite — and the birth flower for all July babies. Read on to learn more about larkspur!
What is a Larkspur?
Larkspur is a tall flower covered with star-shaped blossoms running up and down it. One petal from each of these flowers is slightly longer than the rest, making it appear as though the flower has a spur.
Larkspur is named after the meadowlark, whose hind claws strongly resemble the spurs on the blooms. The blossoms cover each stem, creating a unique textural blend of soft petals perfect for a romantic summer bouquet.
Originating from all over the Northern Hemisphere, as well as high-mountain tropics in Northern Africa, larkspur are hardy flowers that are made to last and withstand heat and humidity.
Larkspur is in season from early spring to summer.
Larkspur Colors and Meaning
Larkspur is available in blue, purple, pink and white. Their colors are so rich that Native Americans actually used larkspur to dye their clothing.
Each color of larkspur has a different color meaning:
- White larkspur symbolizes happiness, joy, innocence and purity.
- Blue larkspur symbolizes trust, support and appreciation.
- Purple larkspur symbolizes royalty, spirituality, beauty, sweetness and first love.
- Pink larkspur symbolizes romance and sentimentality.
Larkspur Makes a Perfect Wedding Flower
The Larkspur flower is available in white, pink, lavender, blue and purple and is said to have a meaning of dedication, an open heart, passion, and a strong bond of love, but as with most flowers, each color can also have a slightly different meaning.
Larkspur has an average stem length of 20 to 27.5 inches, so it is great for adding height to bouquets and centerpieces. Each spiked stem features multiple blooms that will tend to open from the bottom to the top, so it is common to have a few closed buds at the top. These unopened buds provide interesting texture and contrast.
Larkspur works well with lots of other flowers, especially garden-style blooms like garden roses, hydrangeas, and scabiosa, and wildflower style blooms such as snapdragons, daisies, and wax flower.
Larkspur works best as a filler flower, adding pops of color and joy wherever you notice an empty spot in your centerpieces. Use it to create bliss and tenderness, while still being a little playful, at your summertime wedding!
It’s the July flower of the month, but larkspur is available all year. Want to incorporate it into your wedding bouquet? Then check out our full selection of lovely larkspur!
Larkspur Throughout History
Larkspur plays a central role in one Greek myth. Greek legend holds that after failing to get the weaponry of Achilles and being condemned by Greece, the hero Ajax took his life with his blade — and when his blood spread across the earth, larkspur grew from the blood. According to the myth, Ajax’s initials can still be seen on larkspur’s petals.
Larkspur also has a place in Native American lore. According to Native American cultures, a celestial being created a spike from the heavens, which he threw to Earth so that he could climb down. Eventually, the sun dried up the leaves and the wind scattered them all around the earth, making larkspur seeds. The myth holds that larkspur grows with tiny pieces of the sky inlaid in the petals.
Throughout history, many believed larkspur held mystical qualities thanks to its strong fragrance. For centuries, it was used to ward off evil and magic. One of the most ancient of these revolved around spreading larkspur petals around homes to ward off scorpions, which were associated with death and devilry. Another in Transylvania had citizens hanging larkspur in barns to frighten witches away.