larkspur

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Guest tables were decorated with an assortment of blush, pale peach and white arrangements of roses, hydrangeas, lilies, larkspur and snapdragons in blue and white porcelain containers. Cary Jenkins, Arkansas Online, 6 Nov. 2022 The most noticeable blooms in my neighborhood are on Texas mountain laurel and redbud, but the cemetery iris, bluebonnets, larkspur and rain lilies are also blooming. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Apr. 2022 Snapdragon and stocks should resume blooming in several weeks, along with larkspur, poppies and sweet peas. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2022 So, the tulips will bloom and die back, and then your larkspur will come up. Kristin Scharkey, Sunset Magazine, 30 Mar. 2022 If your balcony is more shaded, try filling a pot with native larkspur (Delphinium exaltatum), heart-leaf skullcap (Scutellaria ovata) and mountain sedge or Appalachian sedge (Carex appalachica). Washington Post, 7 July 2021 Seeds from your larkspur, blue curl, poppies, Indian blanket, coreopsis and other naturalized flowers can be collected for fall seeding when the pods turn brown. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 28 May 2021 Wildflowers such as coreopsis, blue curl, bluebonnets and larkspur are blooming now. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Apr. 2021 Flowers to start from seed: Dianthus, larkspur, stock, asters, nicotiana, cleome, annual ice plant, zinnia, salpiglossis, snaps, cosmos, lupine, Malva. Alaska Botanical Garden: Summer camp. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of larkspur was in 1578

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“Larkspur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/larkspur. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

larkspur

noun

lark·​spur ˈlärk-ˌspər How to pronounce larkspur (audio)
: delphinium
especially : a cultivated delphinium grown for its stalks of showy blue, pink, or white flowers

Medical Definition

larkspur

noun

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