One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially of a polyanthus or other primula) having petal-like sepals, and so appearing to have one corolla within another.
- ‘The flowers are exceptionally striking with many semi-double and hose-in-hose forms and frilled petals.’
- ‘True Rosebud is double, hose-in-hose, darker color, very hardy, and a slow grower.’
- ‘Flowers can range to over 4 inches in diameter, and be single, hose-in-hose, semi-double and double.’
- ‘There are striped, flecked, or sectored color designs, as well as self-colored flowers with or without conspicuously contrasting throats or eyes; also singles, semi-doubles, and doubles, any of which may, in addition, be hose-in-hose, that is, with sepals like petals.’
- ‘A few ardent collectors preserved hose-in-hose color strains by vegetative propagation, but each plant yielded only a few offspring and disease progressively weakened the old stock.’
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