The larkspur is the July birth flower. Larkspurs are annual species of the genus delphinium, and the names are used interchangeably. The name larkspur comes from the Tudors, due to the bloom’s resemblance to a lark’s spur or claw. According to Greek mythology, this July flower blossomed where the blood of Ajax was spilled in the battle of Troy.
Larkspurs are known as a protective plant to repel venomous snakes and cure scorpion stings. In England, people even sprinkled larkspur in their bathwater to protect themselves from ghosts and magic. Since it grows wild in the United States as well as Europe, Native Americans picked it for dye.
The other birth flower for July is the water lily, which symbolizes the continuing renewal of life, divinity and enlightenment.
Larkspur Meanings and Symbolism
The larkspur represents the strong bond of love. In general, it signifies an open heart, ardent attachment to someone and the celebration of positivity. As with many flowers, the symbolism changes with the color of the bloom.
- Blue larkspur symbolizes dignity and grace
- Pink larkspur symbolizes contrariness
- White larkspur symbolizes a happy nature
- Purple larkspur symbolizes a first love
Ruby is the sole birthstone of July. The name comes from the Latin word ruber, which means red. It is symbolic of love, passion and energy. Many cultures have admired the ruby, going back to ancient times where early cultures believed that rubies held the power of life.
Hindus offered rubies to the god Krishna in the belief that they would be reborn as emperors. In China, rubies were traded along the North Silk Road and noblemen believed that adorning their armor with the gem would grant them protection. In Burma, warriors who thought the protective powers of rubies would make them invincible in battle even inserted them into their flesh.
July Zodiac Horoscope
According to the zodiac horoscope, both Cancer and Leos are born in July.
A water sign, Cancers are characterized as kind-hearted, sensual, instinctive and temperamental. Underneath a tough exterior similar to a crab’s protective shell, Cancers are notably sensitive and caring. A Cancer born between July16th to 23rd falls on the Cancer-Leo cusp. The combination of Cancer and Leo makes for a loyal friend and faithful partner. At heart a mediator, the fire of Leo can heat up the emotional nature of mid-July Cancers.
A fire sign, Leos are categorized as motivated, ambitious, loyal and charitable. Represented by the lion, Leos are born leaders known for their vibrant energy and flair for drama. Leos that are born between July 22nd and 29th fall on the Leo-Cancer cusp. The cool, feminine influence of Cancer will balance the fiery masculinity of Leo for a loyal, generous, and intuitive personality. Late July Cancers love to be of assistance to others, and champion the underprivileged.
Famous Birthdays In July
- Frida Kahlo, artist, July 6th
- E.B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, July 11th
- Henry David Thoreau, essayist, July 12th
- Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, July 18th
- Amelia Earhart, aviation pioneer, July 24th
Larkspur is the perfect gift to give someone with a July birthday, but if you want to go beyond a beautiful bouquet, we have a wide selection of thoughtful birthday gift ideas that include gourmet treats and artisan designed gifts.
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