From the Latin "delphis" meaning dolphin, from the shape of the buds. Pronounced del-FINNY-um.
China, which is appropriate considering their Willow Pattern colour range.
Shades of blue, purple and white mostly, but salmon and yellow forms available too.
Some available all year, main season April to October.
Related to larkspur, which is smaller and comes in more pastel shades such as pinks.
The plant is poisonous so wash hands after handling.
Delphiniums and larkspur make good dried flowers.