Dioscorides wrote in 40-90 AD that the flowers of the Delphinium resemble small dolphins; hence its name.
Delphinium was used as a herb in several medicines during Antiquity. Delphinium can grow up to 2 metres long. Delphinium has an attractive smell and the Romans, who often grew the plant in their gardens, put it next to the lararium (house altar). Besides, Delphinium can be woven into a garland or laurel.