One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural busy LizziesBritish
An East African plant with abundant red, pink, or white flowers. It is widely grown as a houseplant, and its many hybrids are grown as bedding plants.
Impatiens walleriana, family BalsaminaceaeAlso called impatiens
- ‘My busy Lizzies are grown from seed rather than bought in off the shelf but, unfortunately, they never reach the seeding stage.’
- ‘Impatiens, better known as busy Lizzies, have become one of the most popular container plants.’
- ‘Petunias and busy Lizzies are ideal choices, and busy Lizzies enjoy a modicum of shade.’
- ‘The busy Lizzies I'm really pleased with but they don't complement the begonias, which are bursting out on all sides.’
- ‘In spite of impatiens' odd common names - like busy Lizzie, touch-me-not, and snapweed - their meteoric rise to fame isn't surprising.’
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