Definition of delphinium
: any of a large genus (Delphinium) of the buttercup family that comprises chiefly perennial erect branching herbs with palmately divided leaves and irregular flowers in showy spikes and includes several that are poisonous — compare larkspur
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Plants especially susceptible to fasciation include ferns, willow trees, delphiniums, foxgloves, forsythia, euphorbias, lilies, primulas and verbascums such as the mullein.
Below them, sky blue spires of delphinium and mauve Franz Schubert phlox would nod above masses of silvery lavender Hidcote and Munstead, named for the famous English gardens of their origin.
The borders are a mix of perennials; bulbs; small shrubs; and vines, including allium, clematis, peonies, lilies, delphinium, hosta and poppies.
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Origin and Etymology of delphinium
New Latin, genus name, from Greek delphinion larkspur, diminutive of delphin-, delphis dolphin; probably from the shape of the nectary
First Known Use: 1664See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of delphinium
1 capitalized : a large genus of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) that comprises chiefly perennial herbs with divided leaves and flowers in showy spikes and includes several especially of the western United States that are toxic to grazing animals and especially cattle—see larkspur, stavesacre
2: any plant of the genus Delphinium
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