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July Birth Flowers: Larkspur and Water Lily

Jul 8, 2022

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The July birth flowers are the larkspur and water lily according to Larkspurs come in a wide range of vibrant colors including indigo, purple and pink. Pink larkspurs symbolize fickleness, while white ones symbolize happiness. Generally, larkspurs symbolize positivity and love.

Water lilies are a unique lotus-like flower. They symbolize purity or rebirth. You can find water lilies floating atop the water from May to early September Each flower only lasts about four days until it settles under the water, which makes these flowers even more unique and beautiful.


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 first love

Water lily

The water lily family, Nymphaeaceae, is native to tropical and temperate regions of the world, including the UK. British natives such as Nymphaea alba look exotic, yet are surprisingly hardy, flower for six months a year, and cover up to nine square metres of water. There are also miniature species, with teacup-sized flowers that will grow in a small bowl and make a great tabletop or balcony water feature.

At the other end of the scale is the extraordinary giant Victoria amazonica, the world’s largest water lily. This native of the Amazon region has tea tray-like flowers up to three metres in diameter, and caused a huge stir when it made its public debut in Britain. The gardener, architect and member of parliament Joseph Paxton was the first to bring it to flower, and later used its ribbed leaves as the inspiration for the Crystal Palace.

As one of the two birth flowers for July, the water lily is full of symbolic significance in many cultures. It is particularly associated with rebirth and enlightenment.

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