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Flowers and flowering plants

alfalfa

noun

a plant with purple flowers that is fed to animals. Some people eat alfalfa sprouts (=young plant stems) in salads.

amaryllis

noun

a tall plant with a long stem and several red, pink, or white flowers shaped like trumpets

anemone

noun

a small plant with white, red, or purple flowers that are shaped like cups

arum lily

noun

an African plant with a single large white flower

aster

noun

a plant with small white, purple, or pink flowers

baby’s breath

noun

a type of plant with many small white flowers that is often used for decoration with other flowers

begonia

noun

a plant grown for its bright red, pink, yellow, or white flowers and coloured leaves

bird of paradise

noun

a plant with brightly coloured flowers that look similar to birds flying

bluebell

noun

a plant that grows in the countryside or in gardens, with small blue flowers shaped like bells

bougainvillea

noun

a plant with purple or red flowers that grows up walls, especially in hot countries

bulrush

noun

a tall plant that grows near water, with long thin leaves and a dark brown flower that looks like a stick

busy Lizzie

noun

a small plant with pink, red, orange, or white flowers

buttercup

noun

a plant with small bright yellow flowers

camellia

noun

a red, white, or pink flower shaped like a rose

camomile

noun

a plant with small white flowers with yellow centres, used for making a type of tea

carnation

noun

a flower with a sweet smell, often worn as a decoration on formal occasions such as weddings

chamomile

another spelling of camomile

chickweed

noun

a weed (=a wild plant that spreads quickly) with small leaves and small white flowers

chrysanthemum

noun

a plant with large round brightly coloured flowers

clematis

noun

a plant that grows up walls, fences etc and has large flat flowers

columbine

noun

a purple or blue flower grown in gardens

convolvulus

noun

a plant with large flowers that twists around other plants as it grows

cornflower

noun

a small wild plant with bright blue flowers

cowslip

noun

a wild plant with yellow flowers

crocus

noun

a small yellow, white, or purple flower that appears early in spring

cyclamen

noun

a small plant with pink, white, or red flowers

daffodil

noun

a tall yellow flower with a centre shaped like a cup that grows in spring

dahlia

noun

a large brightly coloured flower that is grown in gardens

daisy

noun

a type of small white flower with a yellow centre

dandelion

noun

a wild plant with a large yellow flower that changes into a furry white ball of seeds called a dandelion clock

deadly nightshade

noun

a poisonous plant with purple flowers and black fruit

delphinium

noun

a tall plant with many small blue flowers

evening primrose

noun

a plant with yellow flowers that open in the evening. An oil used in herbal medicine is obtained from its seeds.

fern

noun

a plant with leaves shaped like feathers and no flowers

flax

noun

a plant with small blue flowers that is grown for the fibres in its stem and the oil in its seeds

flower

noun

a flower and its stem that have been removed from a plant

forget-me-not

noun

a very small blue flower with pointed leaves

foxglove

noun

a tall plant with purple or white flowers shaped like bells

freesia

noun

a small plant with yellow, pink, purple, or white flowers that have a sweet smell

gardenia

noun

a large white flower that smells very sweet

gentian

noun

a plant with small dark blue flowers that grows in the mountains of western Europe

geranium

noun

a plant with soft round leaves and bright flowers that are usually pink, red, or white

gladiolus

noun

a tall plant with long thin pointed leaves and several flowers

heather

noun

a plant with small purple or white flowers that grows on hills and mountains

heliotrope

noun

a small garden plant with purple flowers that smell sweet

hemlock

noun

a poisonous plant with small white flowers

hollyhock

noun

a plant with tall stems and several large flowers on each stem

honeysuckle

noun

a climbing plant with yellow or pink flowers that smell very sweet

hop

noun

a plant whose flowers are dried and used for making beer

hyacinth

noun

a plant with small blue, pink, or white sweet-smelling flowers that grow close together along the stem

iris

noun

a tall plant with large purple, yellow, or white flowers and long pointed leaves

jasmine

noun

a climbing plant with white, yellow, or pink flowers that have a strong smell

lavender

noun

a plant with small purple flowers that smell nice

lily

noun

a large flower in the shape of a bell that is often white but can be many other colours

lily of the valley

noun

a plant with small white flowers that are shaped like bells and have a pleasant smell

ling

noun

a low wild plant with green leaves and purple flowers that grows in open areas. Ling is a type of heather.

lobelia

noun

a plant that produces many small blue or white flowers on long stems that hang down

lotus

noun

an Asian water plant with large white or pink flowers

lupin

noun

a tall plant with rows of small flowers on each stem

lupine

an American spelling of lupin

mallow

noun

a plant with pink, purple, or white flowers

marguerite

noun

a plant with white or pale yellow flowers with a bright yellow centre

marigold

noun

a plant with bright yellow or orange flowers

marshmallow

noun

a plant with pink flowers that grows in wet areas

morning glory

noun

a climbing plant with flowers of various colours

narcissus

noun

a white or yellow flower that appears in spring

nasturtium

noun

a plant with round leaves and red, yellow, or orange flowers

oilseed rape

noun

a plant with bright yellow flowers, used for producing food for animals and oil for cooking. Oilseed rape is often simply called rape.

orchid

noun

a type of flower with an unusual shape and often a sweet smell

pampas grass

noun

a plant with very tall stems and long white flowers that look like feathers

pansy

noun

a small plant with large bright flowers

passionflower

noun

a tropical American climbing plant with large brightly coloured flowers

peony

noun

a plant with large pink, red, or white flowers, or one of the flowers

periwinkle

noun

a small blue or white flower

petunia

noun

a garden plant with purple, pink, or white flowers

phlox

noun

a garden plant with white, red, or purple flowers

pimpernel

noun

a small wild plant with red flowers

pink

noun

a garden plant with pink, white, or red flowers and a sweet smell

plantain

noun

a small wild plant with wide leaves and a small green flower

polyanthus

noun

a small garden plant with bright flowers

poppy

noun

a flower with large red petals and a black centre

primrose

noun

a pale yellow flower that grows wild in the countryside

primula

noun

a flower that comes in many colours and is grown in gardens

ragwort

noun

a common plant with small yellow flowers that is poisonous to many animals

rape

noun

a plant with bright yellow flowers that is used for feeding animals or making oil

rose

noun

a flower that has a sweet smell and thorns (=sharp pieces) on its stem

scarlet pimpernel

noun

a bright red wild flower

snapdragon

noun

a plant that has stems with brightly coloured flowers growing along them

snowdrop

noun

a type of small white flower that appears in early spring

stock

noun

a garden plant with a strong sweet smell and pink, white, or purple flowers

sunflower

noun

a very tall plant that has large yellow flowers with a round brown centre. Sunflowers produce seeds that are used for making cooking oil.

sweet pea

noun

a climbing plant with colourful flowers that have a strong pleasant smell

sweet william

noun

a plant with white, pink, or red flowers

teasel

noun

a plant with flowers and leaves that have sharp points

teazle

another spelling of teasel

thistle

noun

a wild plant with a thick round purple or white flower and leaves with sharp points. The thistle is often used as a symbol of Scotland.

tiger lily

noun

a large orange flower with black spots

tulip

noun

a colourful flower shaped like a cup that grows on a long stem in spring

vetch

noun

a wild plant with small flowers

violet

noun

a small plant with dark purple flowers and a sweet smell

violet

noun

the flower of a violet

wallflower

noun

a plant with yellow, orange, or red flowers and a pleasant smell

wisteria

noun

a large climbing plant that has purple or white flowers that hang down

yucca

noun

a large plant with stiff pointed leaves

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