lisianthus

noun lis·i·an·thus \ ˌli-zē-ˈan(t)-thəs \
variants: or Lisianthus

Definition of lisianthus

plural lisianthuses or Lisianthuses
: a tall, annual or biennial plant (Eustoma exaltatum russellianum synonym E. grandiflorum synonym E. russellianum) of the central and southern U.S. and Mexico that is related to the gentians, has usually pastel-colored, showy, roselike single or double flowers, and includes various cultivars grown in gardens and greenhouses for cut flowers
  • A rose by any other name would be called lisianthus. The pretty, delicate annual, with a ruffled bloom often likened to the rose, is emerging as the trendy gardener's must-have flower.
  • —Shawn SellUSA Today27 June 2003
called also prairie gentian, Texas bluebell

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First Known Use of lisianthus

1756


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