One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A herbaceous plant or shrub of the mallow family, native to warm climates and typically bearing showy yellow, red, or mauve flowers.
- ‘The best choices include abutilon, agastache, alstroemeria, bee balm, cestrum, cleome, coral bells, fuchsia, honeysuckle, lion's tail, penstemon, red-flowered perennial lobelia, salvia, and zauschneria.’
- ‘Anyone watching television coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show this past week can't have failed to notice a splendid specimen of abutilon, an exotic small shrub also known as Flowering Maple, Parlour Maple and Indian Mallow.’
- ‘Screens made from bamboo and birch branches as well as plantings (golden currant, white abutilon, and New Zealand flax) create privacy.’
- ‘The rest of the garden is filled with shade- and sun-loving subtropical and Mediterranean plants - abutilon, bougainvillea, datura, giant bird of paradise, and princess flower (Tibouchina).’
- ‘When A stands for abutilon, B for bougainvillea and C for clianthus, we must be in a conservatory where the temperature never falls below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.’
- ‘Star jasmine trained in a diamond pattern against the wall, yellow clivia, and dwarf abutilon in hanging baskets add interest lower down.’
- ‘Planted beneath it, and in the matching raised bed across the runnel, is a collection of bold and textural plants such as abutilon, acanthus, agapanthus, and Tasmanian tree fern.’
Modern Latin, from Arabic ūbūṭīlūn ‘Indian mallow’.
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