Larkspur is a tall flower and the colours of the flower vary including purple, blue, red, yellow, and white. The petals of the flower grow together forming a spur at the end and thus giving the plant its name, Larkspur. Larkspur is actually classified as a poisonous hardy annual Delphinium Hybrids.
But despite its serious safety concerns, delphinium is used to treat intestinal worms, fluid retention, poor appetite, and trouble sleeping (insomnia).
Delphinium is a genus of plants which belong to the family Ranunculaceae. It is known to have about 300 species of perennial, flowering plants.
The plants can be found in the Northern Hemisphere and on the high mountains of tropical Africa. If ingested, they can cause stomach problems and skin irritation and even cattle poisoning.
Ingesting it can lead to cardio-toxic and neuromuscular blocking effects and, after a few hours, death.
The root of the plant is used to treat various health problems; it acts as an analgesic and astringent.
The plant is known to have an effect similar to sedatives. It can be used to get rid of stress and anxiety, as it makes both our mind and body relax.
It can also be used to treat sleeping problems, such as insomnia. A tincture prepared with Delphinium species can be used to treat asthma and oedema.
Despite its host of health benefits, this herb should not be ingested and should definitely be avoided by pregnant and nursing mothers because it can have serious effects on the baby and mother. All parts of the plant are poisonous.
It contains alkaloids delphinium and ajacine. The plant causes burning of the mouth and throat if ingested, along with convulsions, muscle spasms and paralysis of the respiratory system.
With that said, this herb might look beautiful in your garden and has numerous health benefits but in the end, should be stayed in your garden and not be used in no other way.