flo·​ri·​bun·​da ˌflȯr-ə-ˈbən-də How to pronounce floribunda (audio)
: any of various usually small, compact roses with large flowers in open clusters that derive from crosses of polyantha and tea roses

Examples of floribunda in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are three floribundas hybridized by Ping Lim and introduced by Altman Plants USA in the ‘True Bloom’ series: ‘True Affection’ has 30-petal dark pink blooms with orange centers and a peppery fragrance. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Dec. 2023 The general consensus is that roses that produce a multitude of blooms on short stems, like floribundas, polyanthas and shrub roses, are more attractive as a tree rose than are hybrid teas. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2023 Awful Weed #1: Wisteria Japanese and Chinese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda and sinensis) are absolutely gorgeous in flower. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 7 July 2023 The most popular is the shrub rose, and within that group there are two subgroups: long-stem tea roses and multiple-bloom floribunda types. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2022 Removing the central bud from a floribunda or shrub spray encourages the florets to open at the same time. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2022 For our Southwest region, the 2022 AGRS winners were: ‘Celestial Night,’ which was introduced in 2019, and is an upright and bushy medium-size floribunda, bred by Christian Bédard for Weeks Roses. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Dec. 2021 Pink Brick House Rose, is a compact floribunda with bright fluorescent pink flowers that are produced continuously from spring through frost, Haugh said. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Mar. 2020 Hybrid tea, floribunda, multiflora and miniature roses should get extra winter protection when grown in the Chicago area. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 23 Nov. 2019

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin, originally a specific epithet of various plants, from feminine of flōribundus, apparently taken to mean "full of flowers, flowering freely," from Latin flōrēre "to bloom" + -bundus "carrying on (the activity denoted by the verb)" — more at florescence

Note: The sense of the New Latin coinage appears to depend on allusion to Latin abundāre "to be rich in, abound with" (see abound).

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of floribunda was in 1898

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“Floribunda.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floribunda. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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