larkspur

noun
lark·​spur | \ˈlärk-ˌspər \

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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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 Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Feed your garden so it can feed you | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Feb. 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 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 Flower seeds to sow now (the sooner the better): Alyssum, candytuft, forget-me-not, poppies, larkspur and cornflower. NOLA.com, "This week's gardening tips: Caring for a Christmas cactus, keep Oxalis under control," 6 Jan. 2018 But larkspur and corn poppies are not seen so often this way. Nancy Brachey, charlotteobserver, "Sow larkspur and corn poppies for spring beauty | Charlotte Observer," 16 Oct. 2017

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1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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larkspur

noun
lark·​spur | \ˈlärk-ˌspər \

Kids Definition of larkspur

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

larkspur

noun
lark·​spur | \ˈlärk-ˌspər \

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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