Origin of delphiniumModern Latin from Classical Greek delphinion, larkspur from Classical Greek delphis, delphin, dolphin: from some resemblance of the nectary to a dolphin
Origin of delphiniumNew Latin Delphinium genus name from Greek delphinion larkspur probably diminutive of delphīs delphīn- dolphin (from the shape of the nectary)
- A cultivated plant, belonging to the genus Delphinium, with tall blue-colored spikes containing flowers.
- A shade of blue, named for the flowers.
From Ancient Greek δελφίς (delphis, “dolphin”) because of their flower shape, thought to resemble a back of a dolphin. Named by botanist Carl von Linnaeus (1707-1778).