Definition of sepal
: one of the modified leaves comprising a calyx — see flower illustration
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This compact grower produces large and wildly impressive blooms with double flowers (each flower has more than 20 showy sepals rather than the typical four!) that start out white and fade gradually to deep pink.
To get this look, arrange a selection of peonies, dahlias, ferns, forget-me-nots, and hydrangea sepals in a bowl of water and accent them with pieces of driftwood.
Double Otto’. The 2-inch-wide double flowers feature deeply flared scarlet sepals with double, dark-purple corollas.
Pick some yellow dandelion tops, remove the green sepal holding the flowers together, cover them with honey in a jar, label, and cap until the winter solstice on December 21 for a little summertime flower power.
The flowers are tiny, inconspicuous and located in the middle of the four showy sepals.
However, this is not true of Pachyphytum hookeri that has shorter, sepals that leave the red flowers open for viewing.
The petals are solid red, sometimes with a touch of slate at the tips, while the sepals are always two-toned, fading from red at the base to blue-gray at the tips.
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Origin and Etymology of sepal
New Latin sepalum, from sep- (irregular from Greek skepē covering) + -alum (as in petalum petal)
First Known Use: 1821See Words from the same year
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Definition of sepal for Students
: one of the specialized leaves that form the calyx of a flower
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