lark·​spur | \ ˈlärk-ˌspər How to pronounce larkspur (audio) \

Definition of larkspur

2 : any of the delphiniums that are annuals, have the upper two petals of the corolla united and the bottom two missing, are now often placed in a separate genus (Consolida), and include several widely cultivated forms

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Recent Examples on the Web Contemplate the intricate structure of a meadow larkspur flower and listen for the calls of ravens and the mournful bellows of domestic cattle that congregate near water holes situated along the road. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "You'll see summer wildflowers on this Coconino National Forest hike. Here's how to do it," 29 May 2020 Poppy leaves are blue-green ruffles; larkspur’s are fine and hairlike. Margaret Roach, New York Times, "Shopping Your Garden," 28 Apr. 2020 Blue/Purple Iris, scabiosa, lisianthus, larkspur, and sweet pea all glow like poetry in a vase with ranunculus and old roses. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 12 Feb. 2020 The Laura Bush also will probably reseed itself and become a permanent part of your flower beds, just like larkspurs. Calvin Finch,, "It’s time to plant cool-weather annuals in your San Antonio garden," 17 Oct. 2019 Delicate, pale blue larkspur and a deeper hit of blue thistle mimic the airy pattern in the armchair’s fabric, and the foliage of wax flower became the piercing green of the cat’s eyes. Lindsey Taylor, WSJ, "A Winter Bouquet, Black Cat Included," 20 Dec. 2018 The first larkspur wildflower is showing up eight days earlier and the marmots are coming out of hibernation five days earlier, according to data gathered by the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "Not just heat: Climate change signs can be seen all around," 19 June 2018 Nurseries are receiving supplies of ornamental Swiss chard, larkspurs, Iceland poppies, sweet alyssum, petunias, stocks, wallflowers, snapdragons and a host of other nice sources of color. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "What gardeners should take away from this winter’s extended cold snap," 26 Jan. 2018 Naturalist Ann Sarg suggests visiting the park to catch blooms in May, when natives like Nelson’s larkspur, nuttall violet, sand lilies, and mariposa lily bloom along paths like the Willow Creek trail. Sunset, "Where to See Wildflowers This Season," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of larkspur

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Larkspur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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lark·​spur | \ ˈlärk-ˌspər How to pronounce larkspur (audio) \

Kids Definition of larkspur

: a tall plant that is often grown for its stalks of showy blue, purple, pink, or white flowers


lark·​spur | \ ˈlärk-ˌspər How to pronounce larkspur (audio) \

Medical Definition of larkspur

2 : the dried ripe seeds of a European plant of the genus Delphinium (D. ajacis) from which an acetic tincture is sometimes prepared for use against ectoparasites (as lice)

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