A-to-Z Challenge: Delphinium

Shade of Blue Caught my Fancy

The delphinium flower once caught my attention during May one year when I was looking for potted flower for Mother’s Day. The blooms was in the shape of a pyramid and a beautiful shade of indigo. I like to arrange my own flowers but I get really inspired by various floral arrangements photos like this one from Home Depot: nearly natural silk flowers. Below are some fun facts and stories I found on the web.

Photo from Home Depot – Nearly Natural Delphinium and Foxtail Silk Floral Arrangement

Etymology & Uses

  • Its name is derived from the Greek word, Delphis, which means dolphin because when the flower is closed, the nectary resembles a dolphin’s nose.
  • West Coast Native Americans have used it to make blue dye.
  • European settlers used delphiniums made ink.
  • One ancient use was a repellent thought to drive away scorpions and parasites

Greek Mythology


According to Greek myth, Achilles mom requested that her son’s armor be given to the most heroic warrior during the Battle of Troy. Ajax, a brave warrior, was looking forward to receiving it. When the armor was given to Ulysses instead, Ajax felt dejected and killed himself by his sword. Small blue delphiniums sprung from his blood. Its petals were inscribed with letters “Ai” which means “alas” in Greek.

Pop Culture

Installation view of the exhibition, Edward Steichen’s Delphiniums. June 24, 1936 through July 1, 1936. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph by Edward Steichen
  • Edward Steichan was chief fashion photographer for Condé Nast productions which includes some of the top magazines in the world such as Vogue and Vanity Fair
  • Steichan was extremely passionate about delphiniums and was an active breeder who eventually became the President of the Delphinium Society of America

Artistic Inspirations from Flirty Fleurs

Meaning & Symbolism

  • Meanings include openness to new experiences and overall positivity
  • Evoke feelings of joy, warmth and fun
  • Delphiniums are the perfect flower to gift someone who may be feeling down on life, and to encourage them to broaden their horizons in order to try out new experiences.
  • Symbolize cheerfulness and goodwill as well as a protective plant
  • Used to communicate encouragement as well as remembering dead loved ones
  • Delphiniums are also the official birth flower for July
  • Blue delphiniums symbolize dignity and are the most common color
  • White, pink and light blue delphiniums symbolize youth and renewal.

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  1. Winnie says:

    A very insightful post. Thank you for sharing. I love the flower. 😊

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Winnie! ❤ My mother loved this flower when I gave it her for mother's day. I hope to find inspiration for the next flower bouquet I give her this year. 🙂

      1. Winnie says:

        You’re welcome! You’re so sweet like my daughter. Your mother will love any flower you give her. 😉

  2. MNL says:

    wow, that’s a lot of information about a gorgeous plant. I liked that you included the language of flowers too and had their meanings.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      The origin story and meanings was something cool to share. I really enjoyed reading it myself!😊

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