flower

If someone tells you they think you'll flower when you go to college, they don't mean they think you'll grow blossoms on your head, but that you'll really come into your own and find your potential.

A flower is a fragile blossom that has petals and grows at the top of the stem of a plant. Flowers attract bees, who help out with the pollination process so more plants can grow. Roses, daisies, and carnations are all types of flowers. Flower is also a verb meaning to bring forth flowers. And if something besides a plant — a business, a person, a community — has a period of extra productivity or prosperity, we say it is flowering.

Definitions of flower
  1. noun
    reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
    synonyms: bloom, blossom
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    floret, floweret
    a diminutive flower (especially one that is part of a composite flower)
    apetalous flower
    flower having no petals
    inflorescence
    the flowering part of a plant or arrangement of flowers on a stalk
    ray floret, ray flower
    small flower with a flat strap-shaped corolla usually occupying the peripheral rings of a composite flower
    bud
    a partially opened flower
    chrysanthemum
    the flower of a chrysanthemum plant
    flower head
    a shortened compact cluster of flowers so arranged that the whole gives the effect of a single flower as in clover or members of the family Compositae
    ament, catkin
    a cylindrical spikelike inflorescence
    rosebud
    the bud of a rose
    umbel
    flat-topped or rounded inflorescence characteristic of the family Umbelliferae in which the individual flower stalks arise from about the same point; youngest flowers are at the center
    corymb
    flat-topped or convex inflorescence in which the individual flower stalks grow upward from various points on the main stem to approximately the same height; outer flowers open first
    flower cluster
    an inflorescence consisting of a cluster of flowers
    cyme
    more or less flat-topped cluster of flowers in which the central or terminal flower opens first
    spike
    (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis
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    reproductive structure
    the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction
  2. noun
    a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
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    bloomer
    a flower that blooms in a particular way
    paeony, peony
    any of numerous plants widely cultivated for their showy single or double red or pink or white flowers
    Ranunculus ficaria, lesser celandine, pilewort
    perennial herb native to Europe but naturalized elsewhere having heart-shaped leaves and yellow flowers resembling buttercups; its tuberous roots have been used as a poultice to relieve piles
    Adonis annua, pheasant's-eye
    Eurasian herb cultivated for its deep red flowers with dark centers
    anemone, windflower
    any woodland plant of the genus Anemone grown for its beautiful flowers and whorls of dissected leaves
    Anemonella thalictroides, rue anemone
    woodland flower native to eastern North America having cup-shaped flowers reminiscent of anemone but more delicate
    aquilege, aquilegia, columbine
    a plant of the genus Aquilegia having irregular showy spurred flowers; north temperate regions especially mountains
    Consolida ambigua, Delphinium ajacis, rocket larkspur
    commonly cultivated larkspur of southern Europe having unbranched spikelike racemes of blue or sometimes purplish or pinkish flowers; sometime placed in genus Delphinium
    delphinium
    any plant of the genus Delphinium having palmately divided leaves and showy spikes of variously colored spurred flowers; some contain extremely poisonous substances
    nigella
    any plant of the genus Nigella
    peace lily, spathe flower, spathiphyllum
    any of various plants of the genus Spathiphyllum having a white or green spathe and a spike of fragrant flowers and often cultivated as an ornamental
    Zantedeschia aethiopica, arum lily, calla, calla lily
    South African plant widely cultivated for its showy pure white spathe and yellow spadix
    sandwort
    low-growing chiefly perennial plant usually with small white flowers suitable for e.g. rock gardens
    garden pink, pink
    any of various flowers of plants of the genus Dianthus cultivated for their fragrant flowers
    Gypsophila paniculata, babies'-breath, baby's breath
    tall plant with small lance-shaped leaves and numerous tiny white or pink flowers
    catchfly, lychnis
    mostly perennial herbs with sticky stems that catch insects; widespread in north temperate zone
    Moehringia lateriflora, sandwort
    low-growing herb having clusters of small white four-petaled flowers
    Moehringia mucosa, sandwort
    loosely matted plant with moss-like foliage studded with tiny starry four-petaled white blossoms; mountains of central and southern Europe
    Saponaria officinalis, bouncing Bess, bouncing Bet, hedge pink, soapwort
    plant of European origin having pink or white flowers and leaves yielding a detergent when bruised
    campion, catchfly, silene
    any plant of the genus Silene
    Saponaria vaccaria, Vaccaria hispanica, Vaccaria pyramidata, cow cockle, cowherb
    European annual with pale rose-colored flowers; cultivated flower or self-sown grainfield weed; introduced in North America; sometimes classified as a soapwort
    fig marigold, pebble plant
    any of several South African plants of the genus Mesembryanthemum cultivated for showy pink or white flowers
    Gomphrena globosa, bachelor's button, globe amaranth
    tropical American herb having rose to red or purple flowers that can be dried without losing color
    Nyctaginia capitata, scarlet musk flower
    viscid branched perennial of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico having tuberous roots and deep red flowers
    umbrellawort
    a plant of the genus Mirabilis
    four o'clock
    any of several plants of the genus Mirabilis having flowers that open in late afternoon
    portulaca
    a plant of the genus Portulaca having pink or red or purple or white ephemeral flowers
    Carolina spring beauty, Claytonia caroliniana
    similar to Claytonia virginica but having usually pink flowers; eastern North America
    Clatonia lanceolata, spring beauty
    small slender plant having one pair of succulent leaves at the middle of the stem and a loose raceme of white or pink or rose bowl-shaped flowers and an edible corm
    Claytonia virginica, Virginia spring beauty
    small cormous perennial grown for its low rosette of succulent foliage and racemes of pink-tinged white flowers; eastern North America
    Cheiranthus cheiri, Erysimum cheiri, wallflower
    perennial of southern Europe having clusters of fragrant flowers of all colors especially yellow and orange; often naturalized on old walls or cliffs; sometimes placed in genus Erysimum
    prairie rocket
    any of several western American plants of the genus Cheiranthus having large yellow flowers
    wallflower
    any of numerous plants of the genus Erysimum having fragrant yellow or orange or brownish flowers
    prairie rocket
    any of several North American plants of the genus Erysimum having large yellow flowers
    Cheiranthus asperus, Erysimum arkansanum, Erysimum asperum, western wall flower
    biennial or short-lived perennial prairie rocket having orange-yellow flowers; western North America to Minnesota and Kansas; sometimes placed in genus Cheiranthus
    heliophila
    any of various South African herbs and subshrubs cultivated for long showy racemes of bright blue flowers with white eyes
    Dame's violet, Hesperis matronalis, damask violet, sweet rocket
    long cultivated herb having flowers whose scent is more pronounced in the evening; naturalized throughout Europe to Siberia and into North America
    candytuft
    any of various flowering plants of the genus Iberis cultivated for their showy clusters of white to red or purple flowers; native to Mediterranean region
    Lobularia maritima, sweet alison, sweet alyssum
    perennial European plant having clusters of small fragrant usually white flowers; widely grown in gardens
    Malcolm stock, stock
    any of various ornamental flowering plants of the genus Malcolmia
    Malcolmia maritima, Virginia stock, Virginian stock
    erect branching herb cultivated for its loose racemes of fragrant white or pink or red or lilac flowers; native to sands and sea cliffs of southwestern Greece and southern Albania
    gillyflower, stock
    any of several Old World plants cultivated for their brightly colored flowers
    Schizopetalon walkeri, schizopetalon
    a dainty South American annual having deeply pinnatifid leaves and racemes of fringed almond-scented purple-white flowers
    poppy
    annual or biennial or perennial herbs having showy flowers
    corydalis
    a plant of the genus Corydalis with beautiful compound foliage and spurred tubular flowers
    Glaucium flavum, horn poppy, horned poppy, sea poppy, yellow horned poppy
    yellow-flowered Eurasian glaucous herb naturalized in along sandy shores in eastern North America
    composite, composite plant
    considered the most highly evolved dicotyledonous plants, characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that resemble single flowers
    ageratum
    any plant of the genus Ageratum having opposite leaves and small heads of blue or white flowers
    Amberboa moschata, Centaurea moschata, sweet sultan
    Asian plant widely grown for its sweetly fragrant pink flowers; sometimes placed in genus Centaurea
    ammobium
    any plant of the genus Ammobium having yellow flowers and silvery foliage
    African daisy
    any of several plants of the genus Arctotis having daisylike flowers
    Arctotis stoechadifolia, Arctotis venusta, blue-eyed African daisy
    bushy perennial of South Africa with white or violet flowers; in its native region often clothes entire valley sides in a sheet of color
    aster
    any of various chiefly fall-blooming herbs of the genus Aster with showy daisylike flowers
    daisy
    any of numerous composite plants having flower heads with well-developed ray flowers usually arranged in a single whorl
    Brachycome Iberidifolia, Swan River daisy
    western Australian annual much cultivated for its flower heads with white or bluish to violet or variegated rays
    calendula
    any of numerous chiefly annual herbs of the genus Calendula widely cultivated for their yellow or orange flowers; often used for medicinal and culinary purposes
    Callistephus chinensis, China aster
    valued for their beautiful flowers in a wide range of clear bright colors; grown primarily for cutting
    catananche
    any of several plants of the genus Catananche having long-stalked heads of blue or yellow flowers
    Centaurea cyanus, bachelor's button, bluebottle, cornflower
    an annual Eurasian plant cultivated in North America having showy heads of blue or purple or pink or white flowers
    Centaurea imperialis, sweet sultan
    perennial of mountains of Iran and Iraq; cultivated for its fragrant rose-pink flowers
    chrysanthemum
    any of numerous perennial Old World herbs having showy brightly colored flower heads of the genera Chrysanthemum, Argyranthemum, Dendranthema, Tanacetum; widely cultivated
    Conoclinium coelestinum, Eupatorium coelestinum, ageratum, mist-flower, mistflower
    rhizomatous plant of central and southeastern United States and West Indies having large showy heads of clear blue flowers; sometimes placed in genus Eupatorium
    cosmea, cosmos
    any of various mostly Mexican herbs of the genus Cosmos having radiate heads of variously colored flowers and pinnate leaves; popular fall-blooming annuals
    Cotula coronopifolia, brass buttons
    South African herb with golden-yellow globose flower heads; naturalized in moist areas along coast of California; cultivated as an ornamental
    billy buttons
    any of various plants of the genus Craspedia grown for their downy foliage and globose heads of golden flowers; Australia and New Zealand
    Dahlia pinnata, dahlia
    any of several plants of or developed from the species Dahlia pinnata having tuberous roots and showy rayed variously colored flower heads; native to the mountains of Mexico and Central America and Colombia
    cape marigold, star of the veldt, sun marigold
    any of several South African plants grown for the profusion of usually yellow daisylike flowers and mounds of aromatic foliage
    coneflower
    any of various perennials of the eastern United States having thick rough leaves and long-stalked showy flowers with drooping rays and a conelike center
    Felicia amelloides, blue daisy, blue marguerite
    hairy South African or Australian subshrub that has daisylike flowers with blue rays
    Felicia bergeriana, kingfisher daisy
    softly hairy South African herb having flowers with bright blue rays
    cotton rose, cudweed, filago
    any plant of the genus Filago having capitate clusters of small woolly flower heads
    gazania
    any plant of the genus Gazania valued for their showy daisy flowers
    African daisy
    African or Asiatic herbs with daisylike flowers
    helianthus, sunflower
    any plant of the genus Helianthus having large flower heads with dark disk florets and showy yellow rays
    Layia platyglossa, tidy tips, tidytips
    California annual having flower heads with yellow rays tipped with white
    Chrysanthemum leucanthemum, Leucanthemum vulgare, marguerite, moon daisy, ox-eyed daisy, oxeye daisy, white daisy
    tall leafy-stemmed Eurasian perennial with white flowers; widely naturalized; often placed in genus Chrysanthemum
    Lindheimera texana, Texas star
    Texas annual with coarsely pinnatifid leaves; cultivated for its showy radiate yellow flower heads
    African daisy, Lonas annua, Lonas inodora, yellow ageratum
    shrub of southwestern Mediterranean region having yellow daisylike flowers
    Pericallis cruenta, Senecio cruentus, cineraria
    herb of Canary Islands widely cultivated for its blue or purple or red or variegated daisylike flowers
    Pericallis hybrida, florest's cineraria
    herb derived from Pericallis cruenta and widely cultivated in a variety of profusely flowering forms with florets from white to pink to red or purple or violet or blue
    coneflower
    any of various plants of the genus Rudbeckia cultivated for their large usually yellow daisies with prominent central cones
    white-topped aster
    herb having corymbose white-rayed flowers with scaly bracts and silky indehiscent fruits
    Stokesia laevis, cornflower aster, stokes' aster
    erect perennial of southeastern United States having large heads of usually blue flowers
    marigold
    any of various tropical American plants of the genus Tagetes widely cultivated for their showy yellow or orange flowers
    Chrysanthemum coccineum, Tanacetum coccineum, painted daisy, pyrethrum
    spring-flowering garden perennial of Asiatic origin having finely divided aromatic leaves and white to pink-purple flowers; source of an insecticide; sometimes placed in genus Chrysanthemum
    Mexican sunflower, tithonia
    any plant of the genus Tithonia; tall coarse herbs or shrubs of Mexico to Panama having large flower heads resembling sunflowers with yellow disc florets and golden-yellow to orange-scarlet rays
    Easter daisy, Townsendia Exscapa, stemless daisy
    dwarf tufted nearly stemless herb having a rosette of woolly leaves and large white-rayed flower heads and bristly achenes; central Canada and United States west to Arizona
    ursinia
    any of various plants of the genus Ursinia grown for their yellow- or orange- or white-rayed flowers
    xeranthemum
    any plant of the genus Xeranthemum native to southern Europe having chaffy or silvery flower heads with purplish tubular flowers
    old maid, old maid flower, zinnia
    any of various plants of the genus Zinnia cultivated for their variously and brightly colored flower heads
    Mentzelia laevicaulis, Mentzelia livicaulis, blazing star
    biennial of southwestern United States having white stems and toothed leaves that is grown for its large pale yellow flowers that open in early morning
    Mentzelia lindleyi, bartonia
    annual grown especially for its fragrant golden nocturnal flowers
    orchid, orchidaceous plant
    any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
    Cyclamen purpurascens, cyclamen
    Mediterranean plant widely cultivated as a houseplant for its showy dark green leaves splotched with silver and nodding white or pink to reddish flowers with reflexed petals
    Cyclamen hederifolium, Cyclamen neopolitanum, sowbread
    common wild European cyclamen with pink flowers
    shortia
    any plant of the genus Shortia; evergreen perennial herbs with smooth leathery basal leaves and showy white solitary flowers
    centaury
    any of various plants of the genus Centaurium
    gentian
    any of various plants of the family Gentianaceae especially the genera Gentiana and Gentianella and Gentianopsis
    begonia
    any of numerous plants of the genus Begonia grown for their attractive glossy asymmetrical leaves and colorful flowers in usually terminal cymes or racemes
    Sparaxis tricolor, wandflower
    a showy often-cultivated plant with tawny yellow often purple-spotted flowers
    Bessera elegans, coral drops
    half-hardy Mexican herb cultivated for its drooping terminal umbels of showy red-and-white flowers
    Christmas bells
    any of several plants of the genus Blandfordia having large orange or crimson flowers
    bellwort, merry bells, wild oats
    any of various plants of the genus Uvularia having yellowish drooping bell-shaped flowers
    Polianthes tuberosa, tuberose
    a tuberous Mexican herb having grasslike leaves and cultivated for its spikes of highly fragrant lily-like waxy white flowers
    commelina
    any plant of the genus Commelina
    scabiosa, scabious
    any of various plants of the genus Scabiosa
    Lithophragma affine, Lithophragma affinis, Tellima affinis, woodland star
    California perennial herb cultivated for its racemose white flowers with widely spreading petals; sometimes placed in genus Tellima
    achimenes, hot water plant
    any plant of the genus Achimenes having showy bell-shaped flowers that resemble gloxinias
    Alsobia dianthiflora, Episcia dianthiflora, lace-flower vine
    low-growing creeping perennial of Central America having deeply fringed white flowers; sometimes placed in genus Episcia
    African violet, Saintpaulia ionantha
    tropical African plant cultivated as a houseplant for its violet or white or pink flowers
    streptocarpus
    any of various plants of the genus Streptocarpus having leaves in a basal rosette and flowers like primroses
    phacelia, scorpion weed, scorpionweed
    any plant of the genus Phacelia
    snapdragon
    a garden plant of the genus Antirrhinum having showy white or yellow or crimson flowers resembling the face of a dragon
    calceolaria, slipperwort
    any garden plant of the genus Calceolaria having flowers with large inflated slipper-shaped lower lip
    gerardia
    any plant of the genus Gerardia
    Linaria vulgaris, butter-and-eggs, devil's flax, toadflax, wild snapdragon
    common European perennial having showy yellow and orange flowers; a naturalized weed in North America
    speedwell, veronica
    any plant of the genus Veronica
    browallia, bush violet
    any of several herbs of the genus Browallia cultivated for their blue or violet or white flowers
    petunia
    any of numerous tropical herbs having fluted funnel-shaped flowers
    butterfly flower, poor man's orchid, schizanthus
    any plant of the genus Schizanthus having finely divided leaves and showy variegated flowers
    verbena, vervain
    any of numerous tropical or subtropical American plants of the genus Verbena grown for their showy spikes of variously colored flowers
    valerian
    a plant of the genus Valeriana having lobed or dissected leaves and cymose white or pink flowers
    Centranthus ruber, French honeysuckle, red valerian
    European herb with small fragrant crimson or white spurred flowers
    Alpine anemone, Anemone tetonensis, mountain anemone
    silky-foliaged herb of the Rocky Mountains with bluish-white flowers
    Anemone Canadensis, Canada anemone
    common summer-flowering woodland herb of Labrador to Colorado
    Anemone cylindrica, thimbleweed
    a common North American anemone with cylindrical fruit clusters resembling thimbles
    Anemone nemorosa, wood anemone
    European anemone with solitary white flowers common in deciduous woodlands
    Anemone quinquefolia, snowdrop, wood anemone
    common anemone of eastern North America with solitary pink-tinged white flowers
    Anemone sylvestris, snowdrop anemone, snowdrop windflower
    Eurasian herb with solitary nodding fragrant white flowers
    Aquilegia canadensis, honeysuckle, meeting house
    columbine of eastern North America having long-spurred red flowers
    Aquilegia caerulea, Aquilegia scopulorum calcarea, blue columbine
    columbine of the Rocky Mountains having long-spurred blue flowers
    Aquilegia vulgaris, granny's bonnets
    common European columbine having variously colored (white or blue to purple or red) short-spurred flowers; naturalized in United States
    larkspur
    any of numerous cultivated plants of the genus Delphinium
    Nigella damascena, love-in-a-mist
    European garden plant having finely cut leaves and white or pale blue flowers
    Nigella hispanica, fennel flower
    nigella of Spain and southern France
    Nigella sativa, Roman coriander, black caraway, nutmeg flower
    herb of the Mediterranean region having pungent seeds used like those of caraway
    Zantedeschia rehmanii, pink calla
    calla having a rose-colored spathe
    golden calla
    any of several callas of the genus Zantedeschia having yellow spathes
    Arenaria groenlandica, mountain daisy, mountain sandwort, mountain starwort
    boreal or alpine sandwort
    Arenaria caroliniana, longroot, pine-barren sandwort
    deep-rooted perennial of southeastern United States
    Arenaria peploides, seabeach sandwort
    perennial succulent herb with small solitary axillary or terminal flowers
    Arenaria stricta, rock sandwort
    low perennial tufted plant of southeastern North America
    Arenaria serpyllifolia, thyme-leaved sandwort
    Eurasian annual sprawling plant naturalized throughout North America
    Dianthus barbatus, sweet William
    Eurasian pink widely cultivated for its flat-topped dense clusters of varicolored flowers
    Dianthus caryophyllus, carnation, clove pink, gillyflower
    Eurasian plant with pink to purple-red spice-scented usually double flowers; widely cultivated in many varieties and many colors
    Dianthus chinensis, china pink, rainbow pink
    Chinese pink with deeply toothed rose-lilac flowers with a purplish eye; usually raised as an annual
    Dianthus deltoides, maiden pink
    low-growing loosely mat-forming Eurasian pink with a single pale pink flower with a crimson center
    Diangus gratianopolitanus, cheddar pink
    mat-forming perennial of central Europe with large fragrant pink or red flowers
    Dianthus latifolius, button pink
    much-branched pink with flowers in clusters; closely related to sweet William
    Dianthus plumarius, cottage pink, grass pink
    European pink cultivated for its very fragrant pink or rosy flowers
    Dianthus supurbus, fringed pink
    Eurasian perennial pink having fragrant lilac or rose flowers with deeply fringed margins
    Lychins floscuculi, Lychnis flos-cuculi, cuckoo flower, ragged robin
    common perennial native to Europe and western Asia having usually pink flowers with ragged petals
    Lychins chalcedonica, maltese cross, scarlet lychnis
    Eurasian garden perennial having scarlet flowers in dense terminal heads
    Lychnis coronaria, dusty miller, gardener's delight, mullein pink, rose campion
    an old cottage garden plant of southeastern Europe widely cultivated for its attractive white woolly foliage and showy crimson flowers
    Silene acaulis, moss campion
    tuft- or mat-forming dwarf perennial of Arctic regions of western and central Europe and North America
    Silene caroliniana, wild pink
    perennial of eastern and central North America having short-stalked pink or white flowers in hairy clusters
    Lychnis dioica, Silene dioica, red bird's eye, red campion
    biennial European catchfly having red or pink flowers; sometimes placed in genus Lychnis
    Lychnis alba, Silene latifolia, bladder campion, evening lychnis, white campion, white cockle
    bluish-green herb having sticky stems and clusters of large evening-opening white flowers with much-inflated calyx; sometimes placed in genus Lychnis
    Silene virginica, fire pink
    perennial herb of eastern North America, having red flowers with narrow notched petals
    Silene uniflora, Silene vulgaris, bladder campion
    perennial of Arctic Europe having large white flowers with inflated calyx
    Mesembryanthemum crystallinum, ice plant, icicle plant
    Old World annual widely naturalized in warm regions having white flowers and fleshy foliage covered with hairs that resemble ice
    Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis uniflora, common four-o'clock, marvel-of-Peru
    common garden plant of North America having fragrant red or purple or yellow or white flowers that open in late afternoon
    California four o'clock, Mirabilis californica, Mirabilis laevis
    California four o'clock with purple-red flowers
    Mirabilis longiflora, maravilla, sweet four o'clock
    leafy wildflower having fragrant slender white or pale pink trumpet-shaped flowers; southwestern United States and northern Mexico
    Colorado four o'clock, Mirabilis multiflora, desert four o'clock, maravilla
    wildflower having vibrant deep pink tubular evening-blooming flowers; found in sandy and desert areas from southern California to southern Colorado and into Mexico
    Mirabilis oblongifolia, mountain four o'clock
    leafy wildflower with lavender-pink flowers that open in the evening and remain through cool part of the next day; found in open woods or brush in mountains of southern Colorado to Arizona and into Mexico
    Portulaca grandiflora, rose moss, sun plant
    widely cultivated in many varieties for its fleshy moss-like foliage and profusion of brightly colored flowers
    Cheiranthus allionii, Erysimum allionii, Siberian wall flower
    showy erect biennial or short-lived perennial cultivated for its terminal racemes of orange-yellow flowers; sometimes placed in genus Cheiranthus
    Matthiola incana, brompton stock
    European plant with racemes of sweet-scented flowers; widely cultivated as an ornamental
    Iceland poppy, Papaver alpinum
    Old World alpine poppy with white or yellow to orange flowers
    Papaver californicum, western poppy
    showy annual of California with red flowers
    Papaver argemone, prickly poppy
    annual Old World poppy with orange-red flowers and bristly fruit
    Iceland poppy, Papaver nudicaule, arctic poppy
    subarctic perennial poppy of both hemispheres having fragrant white or yellow to orange or peach flowers
    Papaver orientale, oriental poppy
    commonly cultivated Asiatic perennial poppy having stiff heavily haired leaves and bright scarlet or pink to orange flowers
    Flanders poppy, Papaver rhoeas, corn poppy, field poppy
    annual European poppy common in grain fields and often cultivated
    Papaver somniferum, opium poppy
    southwestern Asian herb with greyish leaves and white or reddish flowers; source of opium
    Chelidonium majus, celandine, greater celandine, swallow wort, swallowwort
    perennial herb with branched woody stock and bright yellow flowers
    California poppy, Eschscholtzia californica
    of Pacific coast of North America; widely cultivated for its yellow to red flowers
    Hunnemania fumariifolia, Mexican tulip poppy, golden cup
    native of Mexican highlands grown for its glossy clear yellow flowers and blue-grey finely dissected foliage
    Macleaya cordata, bocconia, plume poppy
    herb of China and Japan widely cultivated for its plumelike panicles of creamy white flowers
    Meconopsis betonicifolia, blue poppy
    Chinese perennial having mauve-pink to bright sky blue flowers in drooping cymes
    Meconopsis cambrica, Welsh poppy
    widely cultivated west European plant with showy pale yellow flowers
    Platystemon californicus, creamcups
    California plant with small pale yellow flowers
    Papaver heterophyllum, Stylomecon heterophyllum, flaming poppy, wind poppy
    California wild poppy with bright red flowers
    Stylophorum diphyllum, celandine poppy, wood poppy
    perennial herb native to woodland of the eastern United States having yellow flowers
    compass flower, compass plant
    any of several plants having leaves so arranged on the axis as to indicate the cardinal points of the compass
    everlasting, everlasting flower
    any of various plants of various genera of the family Compositae having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color
    Ageratum houstonianum, common ageratum
    small tender herb grown for its fluffy brushlike blue to lavender blooms
    Ammobium alatum, winged everlasting
    Australian plant widely cultivated for its beautiful silvery-white blooms with bright yellow centers on long winged stems
    Anthemis cotula, dog fennel, mayweed, stinking chamomile, stinking mayweed
    widespread rank-smelling weed having white-rayed flower heads with yellow discs
    Anthemis tinctoria, dyers' chamomile, golden marguerite, yellow chamomile
    Eurasian perennial herb with hairy divided leaves and yellow flowers; naturalized in North America
    Anthemis arvensis, corn chamomile, corn mayweed, field chamomile
    European white-flowered weed naturalized in North America
    wood aster
    any of several asters of eastern North America usually growing in woods
    Aster acuminatus, whorled aster
    North American perennial with apparently whorled leaves and showy white purple-tinged flowers
    Aster arenosus, heath aster
    common North American perennial with heathlike foliage and small white flower heads
    Aster dumosus, bushy aster
    stiff perennial of the eastern United States having small linear leaves and numerous tiny white flower heads
    Aster ericoides, heath aster
    common much-branched North American perennial with heathlike foliage and small starry white flowers
    Aster falcatus, white prairie aster
    perennial of western North America having white flowers
    Aster linarifolius, stiff aster
    wiry tufted perennial of the eastern United States with stiff erect rough stems, linear leaves and large violet flowers
    Aster linosyris, Linosyris vulgaris, goldilocks, goldilocks aster
    early-flowering perennial of southern and southeastern Europe with flower heads resembling those of goldenrod
    Aster novae-angliae, New England aster
    common perennial of eastern North America having showy purplish flowers; a parent of the Michaelmas daisy
    Aster novi-belgii, Michaelmas daisy, New York aster
    North American perennial herb having small autumn-blooming purple or pink or white flowers; widely naturalized in Europe
    Aster ptarmicoides, upland white aster
    tufted rigid North American perennial with loose clusters of white flowers
    Aster shortii, Short's aster
    perennial of southeastern United States having usually blue flowers
    Aster tripolium, sea aster, sea starwort
    a common European aster that grows in salt marshes
    Aster turbinellis, prairie aster
    violet-flowered perennial aster of central United States having solitary heads
    annual salt-marsh aster
    a variety of aster
    aromatic aster
    a variety of aster
    arrow leaved aster
    a variety of aster
    azure aster
    a variety of aster
    bog aster
    a variety of aster
    crooked-stemmed aster
    a variety of aster
    Eastern silvery aster
    a variety of aster
    flat-topped white aster
    a variety of aster
    late purple aster
    a variety of aster
    panicled aster
    a variety of aster
    perennial salt marsh aster
    a variety of aster
    purple-stemmed aster
    a variety of aster
    rough-leaved aster
    a variety of aster
    rush aster
    a variety of aster
    Schreiber's aster
    a variety of aster
    small white aster
    a variety of aster
    smooth aster
    a variety of aster
    southern aster
    a variety of aster
    calico aster, starved aster
    a variety of aster
    tradescant's aster
    a variety of aster
    wavy-leaved aster
    a variety of aster
    Western silvery aster
    a variety of aster
    willow aster
    a variety of aster
    Bellis perennis, English daisy, common daisy
    low-growing Eurasian plant with yellow central disc flowers and pinkish-white outer ray flowers
    Calendula officinalis, Scotch marigold, common marigold, pot marigold, ruddles
    the common European annual marigold
    Catananche caerulea, blue succory, cupid's dart
    south European plant having dark-eyed flowers with flat blue rays
    Chrysanthemum segetum, corn marigold, field marigold
    European herb with bright yellow flowers; a common weed in grain fields
    Chrysanthemum coronarium, crown daisy
    shrubby annual of the Mediterranean region with yellowish-white flowers
    Chrysanthemum coronarium spatiosum, chop-suey greens, shun giku, tong ho
    grown for its succulent edible leaves used in Asian cooking
    Chrysanthemum morifolium, Dendranthema grandifloruom, florist's chrysanthemum, florists' chrysanthemum, mum
    of China
    Filago germanica, herba impia
    (literally an undutiful herb) a variety of cotton rose
    Gazania rigens, treasure flower
    decumbent South African perennial with short densely leafy stems and orange flower rays with black eyespots at base
    Barberton daisy, Gerbera jamesonii, Transvaal daisy
    widely cultivated South African perennial having flower heads with orange to flame-colored rays
    Helianthus angustifolius, swamp sunflower
    sunflower of eastern North America having narrow leaves and found in bogs
    Helianthus annuus, common sunflower, mirasol
    annual sunflower grown for silage and for its seeds which are a source of oil; common throughout United States and much of North America
    Helianthus giganteus, Indian potato, giant sunflower, tall sunflower
    very tall American perennial of central and the eastern United States to Canada having edible tuberous roots
    Helianthus laetiflorus, showy sunflower
    tall rough-leaved perennial with a few large flower heads; central United States
    Helianthus maximilianii, Maximilian's sunflower
    tall perennial of central United States to Canada having golden-yellow flowers
    Helianthus petiolaris, prairie sunflower
    similar to the common sunflower with slender usually branching stems common in central United States
    Helianthus tuberosus, Jerusalem artichoke, Jerusalem artichoke sunflower, girasol
    tall perennial with hairy stems and leaves; widely cultivated for its large irregular edible tubers
    Chrysanthemum maximum, Leucanthemum maximum, oxeye daisy
    similar to oxeye daisy
    Chrysanthemum maximum maximum, Leucanthemum superbum, shasta daisy
    hybrid garden flower derived from Chrysanthemum maximum and Chrysanthemum lacustre having large white flower heads resembling oxeye daisies; often placed in the genus Chrysanthemum
    Chrysanthemum lacustre, Leucanthemum lacustre, Pyrenees daisy
    perennial of Portugal similar to the oxeye daisy
    Rudbeckia hirta, Rudbeckia serotina, black-eyed Susan
    the state flower of Maryland; of central and southeastern United States; having daisylike flowers with dark centers and yellow to orange rays
    Rudbeckia laciniata, cutleaved coneflower
    tall leafy plant with erect branches ending in large yellow flower heads with downward-arching rays; grow in Rocky Mountains south to Arizona and east to the Atlantic coast
    narrow-leaved white-topped aster
    a variety of white-topped aster
    African marigold, Aztec marigold, Tagetes erecta, big marigold
    a stout branching annual with large yellow to orange flower heads; Mexico and Central America
    French marigold, Tagetes patula
    strong-scented bushy annual with orange or yellow flower heads marked with red; Mexico and Guatemala
    Chrysanthemum ptarmiciflorum, Tanacetum ptarmiciflorum, dusty miller, silver lace, silver-lace
    shrubby perennial of the Canary Islands having white flowers and leaves and hairy stems covered with dustlike down; sometimes placed in genus Chrysanthemum
    Tanacetum vulgare, golden buttons, scented fern, tansy
    common perennial aromatic herb native to Eurasia having buttonlike yellow flower heads and bitter-tasting pinnate leaves sometimes used medicinally
    crown beard, crown-beard, crownbeard
    any plant of the genus Verbesina having clustered white or yellow flower heads
    Zinnia acerosa, white zinnia
    subshrub with slender woolly stems and long narrow leaves and flower heads with white rays; southern United States and northern Mexico
    Zinnia grandiflora, little golden zinnia
    subshrub having short leafy stems and numerous small flower heads with nearly round yellow-orange rays; Arizona south to Mexico and east to Kansas
    orchis
    any of various deciduous terrestrial orchids having fleshy tubers and flowers in erect terminal racemes
    aerides
    any orchid of the genus Aerides
    angrecum
    any of various spectacular orchids of the genus Angraecum having dark green leathery leaves and usually nocturnally scented white or ivory flowers
    jewel orchid
    any of several delicate Asiatic orchids grown especially for their velvety leaves with metallic white or gold veining
    Aplectrum hyemale, adam-and-eve, puttyroot
    North American orchid bearing a single leaf and yellowish-brown flowers
    arethusa
    any of several bog orchids of the genus Arethusa having 1 or 2 showy flowers
    bletia
    any of various orchids of the genus Bletia having pseudobulbs and erect leafless racemes of large purple or pink flowers
    Bletia striata, Bletilla striata
    Japanese orchid with white-striped leaves and slender erect racemes of rose to magenta flowers; often cultivated; sometimes placed in genus Bletia
    brassavola
    any of various tropical American orchids with usually solitary fleshy leaves and showy white to green nocturnally fragrant blossoms solitary or in racemes of up to 7
    Brassia lawrenceana, spider orchid
    South American orchid with spiderlike pale-yellow to pale-green flowers
    Brassia verrucosa, spider orchid
    Central American orchid having spiderlike flowers with prominent green warts
    caladenia
    any of various orchids of the genus Caladenia
    calanthe
    any of various showy orchids of the genus Calanthe having white or yellow or rose-colored flowers and broad leaves folded lengthwise
    Calopogon pulchellum, Calopogon tuberosum, grass pink
    an orchid
    Calypso bulbosa, calypso, fairy-slipper
    rare north temperate bog orchid bearing a solitary white to pink flower marked with purple at the tip of an erect reddish stalk above 1 basal leaf
    Catasetum macrocarpum, jumping orchid
    orchid having both male and female flowers in the same raceme; when a sensitive projection at the base of the column of the male flower is touched the pollen is suddenly ejected
    cattleya
    any orchid of the genus Cattleya characterized by a three-lobed lip enclosing the column; among the most popular and most extravagantly beautiful orchids known
    helleborine
    any of several orchids of the genus Cephalanthera
    Cleistes divaricata, Pogonia divaricata, funnel-crest rosebud orchid, spreading pogonia
    orchid of northeastern United States with magenta-pink flowers having funnel-shaped lip; sometimes placed in genus Pogonia
    Cleistes rosea, Pogonia rosea, rosebud orchid
    orchid of central and northern South America having 1- to 3-blossomed racemes of large showy rose-colored flowers; sometimes placed in genus Pogonia
    Coeloglossum bracteatum, satyr orchid
    orchid with broad ovate leaves and long-bracted green very irregular flowers
    Coeloglossum viride, frog orchid
    orchid having hooded long-bracted green to yellow-green flowers suffused with purple
    coelogyne
    any of various orchids of the genus Coelogyne with: clusters of fragrant lacy snow-white flowers; salmon-pink solitary flowers; chainlike racemes of topaz and chocolate brown flowers; spikes of delicate white spice-scented flowers; emerald green flowers marked with blue-black
    coral root
    a wildflower of the genus Corallorhiza growing from a hard mass of rhizomes associated with a fungus that aids in absorbing nutrients from the forest floor
    helmet orchid, helmetflower
    any of several orchids of the genus Coryanthes having racemes of a few musky-scented waxy flowers with a helmet-shaped lip process
    swan orchid, swan-flower, swan-neck, swanflower, swanneck
    any of several orchids of the genus Cycnoches having slender arching columns of flowers suggesting the neck of a swan
    cymbid, cymbidium
    any of various plants of the genus Cymbidium having narrow leaves and a long drooping cluster of numerous showy and variously colored boat-shaped flowers; extensively hybridized and cultivated as houseplants and important florists' flowers
    cypripedia
    a plant or flower of the genus Cypripedium
    ladies' slipper, lady's slipper, lady-slipper, slipper orchid
    any of several chiefly American wildflowers having an inflated pouchlike lip; difficult or impossible to cultivate in the garden
    marsh orchid
    any of several orchids of the genus Dactylorhiza having fingerlike tuberous roots; Europe and Mediterranean region
    Dactylorhiza fuchsii, Dactylorhiza maculata fuchsii, common spotted orchid
    European orchid having lanceolate leaves spotted purple and pink to white or mauve flowers spotted or lined deep red or purple
    dendrobium
    a plant of the genus Dendrobium having stems like cane and usually showy racemose flowers
    disa
    any orchid of the genus Disa; beautiful orchids with dark green leaves and usually hooded flowers; much prized as emblematic flowers in their native regions
    Eburophyton austinae, phantom orchid, snow orchid
    waxy white nearly leafless plant with stems in clusters and racemes of white flowers; northwestern United States to northern California and east to Idaho
    Cattleya citrina, Encyclia citrina, tulip orchid
    Mexican epiphytic orchid with glaucous grey-green leaves and lemon- to golden-yellow flowers appearing only partially opened; sometimes placed in genus Cattleya
    Encyclia tampensis, Epidendrum tampense, butterfly orchid
    orchid of Florida and the Bahamas having showy brightly colored flowers; sometimes placed in genus Epidendrum
    Encyclia venosa, Epidendrum venosum, butterfly orchid, butterfly orchis
    Mexican epiphytic orchid having pale green or yellow-green flowers with white purple-veined lip
    epidendron
    any of various orchids of the genus Epidendrum
    helleborine
    any of various orchids of the genus Epipactis
    tongue-flower, tongueflower
    orchid having blue to purple flowers with tongue-shaped or strap-shaped protuberances (calli) at the lip base
    helleborine, rattlesnake plantain
    any of several small temperate and tropical orchids having mottled or striped leaves and spikes of small yellowish-white flowers in a twisted raceme
    Gymnadenia conopsea, fragrant orchid
    European orchid having dense spikes of fragrant pink or lilac or red flowers with conspicuous spurs
    Gymnadenia odoratissima, short-spurred fragrant orchid
    similar to Gymnadenia conopsea but with smaller flowers on shorter stems and having much shorter spurs
    fringed orchid, fringed orchis
    any of several summer-flowering American orchids distinguished by a fringed or lacerated lip
    frog orchid
    any of several green orchids of the genus Habenaria
    rein orchid, rein orchis
    any of several American wildflowers with a kidney-shaped lip
    Hexalectris spicata, crested coral root
    orchid with yellowish-brown flowers with dark veins; southeastern Arizona to the eastern United States
    Hexalectris warnockii, Texas purple spike
    orchid with slender nearly leafless reddish-brown stems with loose racemes of reddish-brown flowers; of open brushy woods of southeastern Arizona and central Texas
    Himantoglossum hircinum, lizard orchid
    an orchid of the genus Himantoglossum
    laelia
    any of various spectacular plants of the genus Laelia having showy flowers in many colors
    liparis
    an orchid of the genus Liparis having few leaves and usually fairly small yellow-green or dull purple flowers in terminal racemes
    twayblade
    an orchid of the genus Liparis having a pair of leaves
    Liparis loeselii, fen orchid, fen orchis
    small terrestrial orchid of eastern North America and Europe having two nearly basal leaves and dull yellow-green racemose flowers
    Listera convallarioides, broad-leaved twayblade
    small orchid with two elliptic leaves and a slender raceme of small green flowers; western North America
    Listera cordata, lesser twayblade
    orchid having two triangular leaves and a short lax raceme of green to rust-colored flowers with the lip flushed mauve; Europe and Asia and North America and Greenland
    Listera ovata, twayblade
    orchid having a pair of ovate leaves and a long slender raceme of green flowers sometimes tinged red-brown; Europe to central Asia
    Malaxis ophioglossoides, Malaxis-unifolia, green adder's mouth
    North American orchid having a solitary leaf and flowers with threadlike petals
    masdevallia
    any of numerous orchids of the genus Masdevallia; tufted evergreen often diminutive plants whose flowers in a remarkable range of colors usually resemble a tricorn with sepals fused at the base to form a tube
    maxillaria
    any of numerous orchids of the genus Maxillaria often cultivated for their large brilliantly colored solitary flowers
    pansy orchid
    any of various orchids of the genus Miltonia having solitary or loosely racemose showy broadly spreading flowers
    odontoglossum
    any of numerous and diverse orchids of the genus Odontoglossum having racemes of few to many showy usually large flowers in many colors
    butterfly orchid, butterfly plant, dancing lady orchid, oncidium
    any orchid of the genus Oncidium: characterized by slender branching sprays of small yellow and brown flowers; often grown as houseplants
    Ophrys apifera, bee orchid
    European orchid whose flowers resemble bumble bees in shape and color
    Ophrys insectifera, Ophrys muscifera, fly orchid
    European orchid whose flowers resemble flies
    spider orchid
    any of several European orchids of the genus Ophrys
    Venus' slipper, Venus's shoe, Venus's slipper
    any of various orchids of the genus Paphiopedilum having slender flower stalks bearing 1 to several waxy flowers with pouchlike lips
    phaius
    an orchid of the genus Phaius having large plicate leaves and racemes of showy flowers
    moth orchid, moth plant
    any of various orchids of the genus Phalaenopsis having often drooping glossy broad obovate or oval leaves usually dark green flushed purple or mottled grey and silver
    rattlesnake orchid
    any of various orchids of the genus Pholidota having numerous white to brown flowers in spiraling racemes clothed in slightly inflated bracts and resembling a rattlesnake's tail
    Habenaria bifolia, Platanthera bifolia, lesser butterfly orchid
    south European orchid having fragrant greenish-white flowers; sometimes placed in genus Habenaria
    Habenaria chlorantha, Platanthera chlorantha, greater butterfly orchid
    south European orchid with dark green flowers that are larger and less fragrant than Platanthera bifolia; sometimes placed in genus Habenaria
    Platanthera leucophea, prairie white-fringed orchid
    of central North America; a threatened species
    tangle orchid
    an orchid of the genus Plectorrhiza having tangled roots and long wiry stems bearing lax racemes of small fragrant green flowers
    Indian crocus
    any of several dwarf orchids of the genus Pleione bearing one or two solitary white or pink to magenta or occasionally yellow flowers with slender stalks
    pleurothallis
    any of numerous small tufted orchids of the genus Pleurothallis having leathery to fleshy leaves and racemes of 1 to many small flowers
    pogonia
    any hardy bog orchid of the genus Pogonia: terrestrial orchids having slender rootstocks and erect stems bearing one or a few leaves and a solitary terminal flower
    butterfly orchid
    any orchid of the genus Psychopsis: spectacular large tiger-striped orchids
    greenhood, helmet orchid
    any of numerous orchids of the genus Pterostylis having leaves in a basal rosette and green flowers often striped purple or brown or red with the dorsal sepal incurved to form a hood
    foxtail orchid
    any of various orchids of the genus Rhyncostylis having pink- to purple-marked white flowers in a dense cylindrical raceme
    Sarcochilus falcatus, orange-blossom orchid
    diminutive Australian orchid with loose racemes of fragrant white flowers with purple and orange markings on the lip
    sobralia
    any of various showy orchids of the genus Sobralia having leafy stems and bright-colored solitary or racemose flowers similar to those of genus Cattleya
    ladies' tresses, lady's tresses
    an orchid of the genus Spiranthes having slender often twisted spikes of white flowers
    stanhopea
    any of various orchids of the genus Stanhopea having a single large leaf and loose racemes of large fragrant flowers of various colors; Mexico to Brazil
    stelis
    any of various small tropical American orchids of the genus Stelis having long slender racemes of numerous small to minute flowers
    fly orchid
    any of several dwarf creeping orchids with small bizarre insect-like hairy flowers on slender stalks
    vanda
    any of numerous showy orchids of the genus Vanda having many large flowers in loose racemes
    vanilla
    any of numerous climbing plants of the genus Vanilla having fleshy leaves and clusters of large waxy highly fragrant white or green or topaz flowers
    Shortia galacifolia, oconee bells
    plant of southeastern United States having solitary white funnel-shaped flowers flushed with pink and large glossy green leaves that turn bronze-red in fall
    Centaurium calycosum, rosita
    erect plant with small clusters of pink trumpet-shaped flowers of southwestern United States
    Centaurium minus, lesser centaury
    common European glabrous annual centaury with flowers in dense cymes
    Centaurium scilloides, tufted centaury
    tufted perennial of western Europe and Azores having bright pink to white flowers
    seaside centaury
    a variety of centaury found at the seaside
    broad leaved centaury
    a variety of centaury with broad leaves
    slender centaury
    a slender variety of centaury
    Gentiana acaulis, gentianella
    low-growing alpine plant cultivated for its dark glossy green leaves in basal rosettes and showy solitary bell-shaped blue flowers
    Gentiana andrewsii, blind gentian, bottle gentian, closed gentian
    gentian of eastern North America having tubular blue or white flowers that open little if at all
    Gentiana calycosa, explorer's gentian
    tufted sometimes sprawling perennial with blue flowers spotted with green; western North America
    Gentiana clausa, blind gentian, closed gentian
    similar to Gentiana andrewsii but with larger flowers
    Gentiana lutea, great yellow gentian
    robust European perennial having clusters of yellow flowers
    Gentiana pneumonanthe, calathian violet, marsh gentian
    perennial Eurasian gentian with sky-blue funnel-shaped flowers of damp open heaths
    Gentiana saponaria, soapwort gentian
    erect perennial of wet woodlands of North America having leaves and flower buds resembling those of soapwort
    Gentiana villosa, striped gentian
    a perennial marsh gentian of eastern North America
    Gentiana quinquefolia, Gentianella quinquefolia, ague weed, agueweed, five-flowered gentian, stiff gentian
    gentian of eastern North America having clusters of bristly blue flowers
    felwort, gentianella amarella
    gentian of Europe and China having creamy white flowers with fringed corollas
    fringed gentian
    any of various herbs of the genus Gentianopsis having the margins of the corolla lobes fringed; sometimes included in genus Gentiana
    spurred gentian
    any of various plants of the genus Halenia having flowers with spurred lobes
    fibrous-rooted begonia
    any of numerous begonias having fibrous rather than tuberous or rhizomatous roots
    tuberous begonia
    any of numerous begonias having large tuberous roots
    rhizomatous begonia
    any of numerous begonias having prominent shaggy creeping stems or rhizomes
    Begonia cheimantha, Christmas begonia, blooming-fool begonia
    hybrid winter-blooming begonia grown for its many large pink flowers
    Begonia cocchinea, angel-wing begonia
    South American fibrous-rooted begonias having prominent basal leaf lobes suggesting angels' wings and racemes of coral-red flowers
    Begonia dregei, grape-leaf begonia, maple-leaf begonia
    tuberous or semi-tuberous South African begonia having shallowly lobed ovate leaves and small white flowers
    Begonia erythrophylla, Begonia feastii, beefsteak begonia, kidney begonia
    rhizomatous begonia with roundish fleshy leaves reddish colored beneath
    Begonia heracleifolia, star begonia, star-leaf begonia
    rhizomatous begonia having leaves with pointed lobes suggestive of stars and pink flowers
    Begonia rex, beefsteak geranium, king begonia, painted-leaf begonia, rex begonia
    any of numerous usually rhizomatous hybrid begonias derived from an East Indian plant having rough-textured leaves patterned in silver and bronze and purple and red-brown with inconspicuous flowers
    Begonia semperflorens, wax begonia
    hybrid fibrous-rooted begonia having broad-ovate green to bronze-red leaves and small clusters of white or pink or red flowers; widely used as a bedding plant
    Begonia socotrana, Socotra begonia
    semi-tuberous begonia having peltate leaves and rose-pink flowers; Yemen
    Uvularia grandiflora, cornflower, strawflower
    plant of southern and southeastern United States grown for its yellow flowers that can be dried
    Scabiosa atropurpurea, mournful widow, pincushion flower, sweet scabious
    Old World annual having fragrant purple to deep crimson flower heads; naturalized in United States
    Scabiosa arvensis, field scabious
    perennial having bluish-lilac flowers; introduced in the eastern United States
    Cape primrose
    any of various African plants of the genus Streptocarpus widely cultivated especially as houseplants for their showy blue or purple flowers
    California bluebell, Phacelia campanularia
    annual of southern California with intricately branched stems and lax cymes of aromatic deep blue bell-shaped flowers
    California bluebell, Phacelia minor, Phacelia whitlavia, whitlavia
    desert plant of southern California with blue or violet tubular flowers in terminal racemes
    Phacelia tanacetifolia, fiddleneck
    hairy annual of California to Mexico with crowded cymes of small blue to lilac or mauve flowers
    Antirrhinum coulterianum, white snapdragon
    California plant with slender racemes of white flowers
    Antirrhinum filipes, yellow twining snapdragon
    southwestern United States plant with yellow flowers on stems that twist and twine through other vegetation
    Antirrhinum majus, Mediterranean snapdragon
    perennial native to the Mediterranean but widely cultivated for its purple or pink flowers
    Linaria canadensis, blue toadflax, old-field toadflax
    North American plant having racemes of blue-violet flowers
    Veronica agrestis, field speedwell
    European plant with minute axillary blue flowers on long stalks; widely naturalized in America
    Veronica arvensis, corn speedwell
    erect or procumbent blue-flowered annual found in waste places of Europe and America
    Veronica chamaedrys, bird's eye, germander speedwell
    Old World plant with axillary racemes of blue-and-white flowers
    Veronica officinalis, common speedwell, gypsyweed
    common hairy European perennial with pale blue or lilac flowers in axillary racemes
    Veronica peregrina, purslane speedwell
    North American annual with small white flowers widely naturalized as a weed in South America and Europe
    Veronica serpyllifolia, thyme-leaved speedwell
    perennial decumbent herb having small opposite leaves and racemes of blue flowers; throughout Eurasia and the New World
    Petunia axillaris, large white petunia
    annual herb having large nocturnally fragrant white flowers
    Petunia integrifolia, violet-flowered petunia
    herb or small shrublet having solitary violet to rose-red flowers
    Petunia hybrida, hybrid petunia
    hybrids of Petunia axillaris and Petunia integrifolia: a complex group of petunias having single or double flowers in colors from white to purple
    Valeriana officinalis, common valerian, garden heliotrope
    tall rhizomatous plant having very fragrant flowers and rhizomes used medicinally
    type of:
    angiosperm, flowering plant
    plants having seeds in a closed ovary
  3. verb
    produce or yield flowers
    synonyms: bloom, blossom
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    types:
    burst forth, effloresce
    come into or as if into flower
    type of:
    develop
    grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment
  4. noun
    the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
    synonyms: bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flush, heyday, peak, prime
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    types:
    golden age
    a time period when some activity or skill was at its peak
    type of:
    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
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