The National Garden Bureau has declared 2016 the Year of the Delphinium.
Delphinium, also known as larkspur, are stately spikes of eye-catching, bell-shaped blossoms in astounding shades of blue. They are one of the few flowers that are naturally blue (in addition to iris and hydrangea), which makes them especially unique and eye-catching. The name is derived from the Greek word delphis (meaning dolphin), a reference to its shape's resemblance to the bottle nose of a dolphin.
Delphinium is native to the Northern Hemisphere; historically, it was used by Native Americans and European settlers to make blue dye, and in the United Kingdom, it was the primary source for ink. Seems like even the earliest humans couldn't resist delphinium's true-blue color.
Delphinium is grown in warm regions, and prefers plenty of sunshine, loamy soil, and some wind protection, and some varieties (such as the dark blue Belladonna) are exceptionally hardy and easier to grow than others.
Delphinium can grow to heights of 4-5 feet tall, and are often harvested with stems lengths of 36 inches. By cutting them so tall, one can maintain the dramatic, statuesque beauty of the flower which adds a bold, vertical element to cut flower arrangements. Its florets open progressively along the stem, creating an ever-evolving show for the viewer to enjoy.
Delphinium is a very versatile flower. It looks great in wildflower, au natural arrangements; its framework blends well with pastoral design and its blue hues highlight focal yellows and muted whites beautifully.
Its long stems also work well in elegant, polished arrangements. There is a showy vitality to delphinium, and it brings graceful luxury and an exquisite boldness to centerpieces.
And, of course, these tall beauties look absolutely stunning gathered together in monochromatic bunches.
Add true blue novelty to your life with Delphinium, the 2016 Flower of the Year.