One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Alpine primula from which a wide range of flowering cultivars have been developed. It has leaves that supposedly resemble bears' ears.
Primula auricula, family PrimulaceaeAlso called bear's ear
- ‘Included at the show will be displays of daffodils and tulips, auriculas and primulas, bonsai and alpines with members of the National Auricula and Primula Society exhibiting top quality plants.’
- ‘Favorite plants such as roses, lilies, poppies, auriculas, and passionflowers are found on examples of penwork datable to the 1820s, 1830s, and 1840s.’
- ‘The little auriculas are blooming in their cold frame.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin, diminutive of auris ‘ear’.
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