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Delphinium is a genus of about 300 species of perennial flowering plants in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native throughout the Northern Hemisphere and also on the high mountains of tropical Africa. The common name, Larkspur, is shared with the closely related genus Consolida.

 

Other names are, lark's heel (Shakespeare), lark's claw and knight's spur. The scientific name comes from the Latin for dolphin, alluding to the shape of the opening flower.

 

All parts of the plant contain an alkaloid delphinine and are very poisonous, causing vomiting when eaten, and death in larger amounts. In small amounts, extracts of the plant have been used in herbal medicine. Gerard's Herbal reports that drinking the seed of larkspur was thought to help against the stings of scorpions, and that other poisonous animals could not move when covered by the herb, but does not believe it himself. Grieve's herbal reports that the seeds can be used against parasites, especially lice and their nits in the hair. A tincture is used against asthma and dropsy. The juice of the flowers, mixed with alum, gives a blue ink. The plant was connected to Saint Odile and in popular medicine used against eye diseases. It was one of the herbs used on the feast of St. John and as such warded against lightning. In Transylvania, it was used to keep witches from the stables, probably because of its black color.

 

Die Rittersporne (Delphinium) sind eine Pflanzengattung aus der Familie der Hahnenfußgewächse (Ranunculaceae). Der botanische Gattungsname leitet sich vom griechischen delphínion für Delphinpflanze, denn die Knospe der Blüte soll einem Delphin ähnlich sehen.

 

Dream with me, dear flickr friends! Enjoy it! ;-))

 

Ich lade euch ein, mit mir zu träumen! Ein schönes Wochenende... hier ist es weiter nebligtrüb, Schnee...

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