flower head


Definition of flower head 

: a capitulum (as of a composite) having sessile flowers so arranged that the whole inflorescence looks like a single flower

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White Anemone japonica dapple Achnaterum brachytrichum, an ethereal plume whose downy flower heads, Mr. Quibel noted, glitter in the early morning dew. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "Fall’s Best Blade Plans," 5 Oct. 2018 Bright Star is a graceful selection with mostly flat rose-pink flower heads. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Gorgeous Echinacea in Your Garden," 29 May 2018 Bright Star is a graceful selection with mostly flat rosepink flower heads. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Gorgeous Medicinal Echinacea In Your Garden," 17 July 2017 Foot-tall mounds of lush foliage make an attractive groundcover until late summer, when colorful flower heads steal the show. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow The Most Gorgeous Chrysanthemums This Fall," 30 Aug. 2017 Lettuce, bachelor’s buttons, cosmos, coreopsis, calendula and scabiosa all have flower heads that bear seeds in tiny flowers. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "The joy of seed saving," 6 July 2018 There is no need to remove spent flower heads from plants during the season. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "The crape myrtle: Facts on the finest flowering shrub in the south," 21 June 2018 The white flower heads can grow up to 2 1/2 feet tall in diameter. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Dangerous plant that causes blindness, 3rd degree burns found in multiple states, officials say," 15 June 2018 Another way to obtain the seed to start your own stand of native sunflower is to collect a few mature flower heads from a stand at an accommodating neighbor or roadside ditch. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Your guide to foliage fit to feed the birds," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of flower head

1842, in the meaning defined above

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: a tight cluster of small flowers that are arranged so that the whole looks like a single flower

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