One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive (of a cultivated plant) bearing large flowers.
- ‘Limbo violet differs from all other grandiflora petunias in having large (three-inch) flowers on a compact plant.’
- ‘‘Octoberfest’ is a tall, upright grandiflora rose which produces clusters of autumn-colored blooms.’
A grandiflora plant.
- ‘To this end, he has planted a row of Magnolia grandiflora (a plant of North American origin) along the front wall of the imposing red-brick house, both to soften the facade and to add a grand theatricality to the approach.’
- ‘But if you have plenty of room against a wall, go for a large wall shrub like Magnolia grandiflora.’
- ‘The rose gardens contain many commercially available roses, such as floribundas, grandifloras and hybrid tea roses.’
- ‘Hybrid teas like ‘Double Delight,’ ‘Brigadoon’ and ‘Pristine’ are her favorites, although she has several grandifloras and floribundas mixed in.’
- ‘The two most common types of climbing roses are the naturally vigorous mutations of hybrid teas, grandifloras, and floribundas, and those simply called ‘large-flowered climbers.’’
- ‘Hybrid teas need to be cut back severely to promote fresh blooming growth; floribundas and grandifloras should also be shortened to about 18 to 24 inches.’
- ‘Hybrid tea, floribunda and grandiflora are the most commonly planted types.’
- ‘Magnolia grandiflora is usually grown as a large wall shrub and has enormous creamy flowers in late summer and autumn, as well as glossy evergreen leaves.’
- ‘Consider leaving the wide-spreading lower limbs of the large Magnolia grandiflora; they hide the significant leaf litter.’
- ‘You should grow grandifloras if you like lots of elegant flowers on the plant, or if you like to cut one stem that's a whole bouquet.’
Early 20th century: modern Latin (often used in specific names of large-flowered plants), from Latin grandis ‘great’ + flos, flor- ‘flower’.
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