physostegia

noun phy·so·ste·gia \ˌfīsəˈstējēə\

Definition of physostegia

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of North American perennial herbs (family Labiatae) having sessile linear to oblong leaves and showy white, rose, or lavender flowers with an inflated 5-toothed calyx — see false dragonhead

  2. 2 plural -s :  any plant of the genus Physostegia

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Origin and Etymology of physostegia

New Latin, from phys- + Greek stegē roof + New Latin -ia; akin to Greek stegein to cover, shelter


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