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Jennifer Lopez Born Under The Bold Delphinium Flower

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Born July 24, 1970, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez was born 
during the month of the delphinium flower-a flower that signifies 
boldness, an open heart, and ardent attachment.

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Jennifer Lopez Born Under The Bold Delphinium Flower
Copyright © 2006 Wesley Berry
Wesley Berry Flowers

Born July 24, 1970, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez was born 
during the month of the delphinium flower-a flower that signifies 
boldness, an open heart, and ardent attachment. Though those 
attributes may all be seen as very positive, the delphinium is 
also featured in a classic legend of great woe.

The name delphinium comes from the Greek and means "little 
dolphin." The name was chosen because the shape of the blossom is 
reminiscent of the nose of a dolphin. It is also sometimes called 
a larkspur, because its spur is shaped like the claw of a lark. 
Evidence of the delphinium's existence dates back to the 
beginning of the fifteenth century. It is part of a family of 
flowers, which also includes the buttercup and aconitum, that 
contains over 350 species.

A Greek legend tells the tale of the death of Ajax and the growth 
of blue delphiniums form his spilled blood. In the tale, the 
mother of the famous warrior Achilles stated that the armor of 
her slain son should be presented to the bravest warrior to have 
fought in the battle of Troy. The young warrior Ajax was certain 
the armor should be his, but it was instead gifted to Ulysses. 
Upon hearing of his declination for the armor, Ajax was 
distraught and threw himself upon his sword. Where his drops of 
blood hit the earth, small blue delphiniums are said to have 
sprung up. To this day, it is said, the petals of the delphinium 
bear the Greek letters Al, the mourning cry of the Greek.

Over the years, delphiniums have been crossbred to include a wide 
variety of colors such as the original blue, purple, mauve, and 
white. In fact, it has been so widely bred that its history is 
almost lost in the abundance of its breeders. One of the most 
notable delphinium breeders was Frank Reinelt, a Czech who 
immigrated to California where he began his work with delphiniums 
in the early 20th century. Reinelt was an expert with flowers 
having once been the head gardener for Queen Marie of Romania. He 
worked for forty years on the hybridization of the delphinium, 
creating the now famous Pacific Giant hybrids.

The delphinium occurs in both annual and perennial varieties. 
They are a flower known throughout the world. In the U.S. they 
are most commonly used as border flowers in lavish garden beds. 
In Afghanistan the yellow dye produced from the flower is used 
to color silks and wools.

Bold, beautiful, ardently attached, and at times tragic. These 
are the words associated with the delphinium. It is a flower 
with a long history and a great following. Will Ms. Lopez live 
up to her birth flower? Time will tell. 

Wesley Berry is the President of Wesley Berry Flowers, 
a successful multi-million dollar business that was 
established in 1946. He is also the Headmaster of the 
Professional Florists' Institute, a floral design school 
located in Michigan. Visit Wesley Berry Flowers on the 
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