poly·​an·​tha ˌpä-lē-ˈan(t)-thə How to pronounce polyantha (audio)
: any of numerous dwarf hybrid roses characterized by many large clusters of small flowers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Compact roses ‘Marie Pavié' (1888) is a fragrant, thornless polyantha with pink buds that open to white flowers. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2022 This basic information can also be generally applied to all landscape roses, shrub roses, polyantha roses and everblooming old garden roses. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 27 Jan. 2021 Modern repeat-flowering rose groups like polyantha roses, floribunda roses, landscape roses and miniature roses are also pruned in late summer. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 19 Aug. 2020 Other types of repeat-flowering roses, such as China, tea, noisette, Bourbon, polyantha, floribunda, landscape and miniature roses, also should be pruned now. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 27 Jan. 2018 Other red roses to consider for your garden are the floribundas Lavaglut and Trumpeter; the shrub rose, Home Run; Wing-Ding, an engine-red polyantha, and Cooper, a 2016 medium red miniflora. Rita Perwich, sandiegouniontribune.com, 30 June 2017

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Word History


New Latin, from Greek polyanthos blooming

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of polyantha was in 1889

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“Polyantha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyantha. Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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