All parts of these plants are considered toxic to humans, causing severe digestive discomfort if ingested & also skin irritation.

Early reports of drinking small amounts of larkspur helped against the sting of scorpions.

They have been used in the treatment of dropsy & spasmodic asthma, generally in the form of a tincture, which has been much employed as a lotion, or as an ointment for the destruction of lice.


Ingestion leads to nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, muscular spasms.
If fatal, death is usually due to respiratory collapse or cardiac arrest. 


It is said that if you gaze at the Midsummer fires through a bunch of Delphinium, your eyesight will improve.
In Transylvania it was believed to keep witches away from stables.
Larkspur keeps away ghosts while frightening scorpions & other poisonous creatures.

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