July Birth flower – Larkspur a complicated symbol

Providing tall, early season color in the spring landscape the larkspur is lovely in various shades of sunsets. Thought to symbolize good luck and laughter it belongs to the buttercup family – Ranunculaceae. Such is some love, gorgeous but deadly! Serious, the method of toxicity is identified as neuro-muscular paralysis, leading to respiratory failure, bloat and often death. All parts of all larkspur species are poisonous, but new growth and the seeds contain the highest concentrations of toxic substances. There is no proven treatment for larkspur poisoning. Be not fearful however – poisonous need not be all bad.:

“So why create the poisonous plants at all?” Mack queried, handing back the twig.
(Sarayu answers) “Your question presumes that poison is bad; that such creations have no purpose. Many of these so-called bad plants, like this one, contain incredible properties for healing or are necessary for some of the most magnificent wonders when combined with something else. Humans have a great capacity for declaring something good or evil, without truly knowing.”

― William Paul Young, The Shack

Despite the danger of their birth flower those born in the month of July are thought to be charming and dynamic of personality with a bright sense of humor.


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