Definition of boronia in US English:



  • A sweet-scented Australian shrub cultivated for its perfume and for use as a cut flower.

    Genus Boronia, family Rutaceae

    • ‘There are the perfumes too: scent of eucalypt leaves, fragrance of a boronia; and textures to feel: papery bark of melaleucas, furrows in ironbark trunks.’
    • ‘I have answered to my own satisfaction questions that intrigued me then, now I have seen the Australian spring, I have smelt the boronia, watched snakes and lizards, listened to the locusts.’
    • ‘I remember the aromatic smells of the Blue Mountains bush—the eucalyptus, the tea-tree, boronias and especially the mint bushes on the Kanangra ridges.’
    • ‘It was a sea of pastel colours—the delicate green hues of the grasses, sedges and other plants harmonised with the pink of the boronias and grevilleas and the white of Epacris and Conospermum—a vista extending over several hectares flanked by the pines.’
    • ‘The perfumes from the Australian mints, boronias, ziaras and other plants are always a fascination to the visitor.’
    • ‘Care must be taken in the watering of this plant because too much water, or too little, can be fatal to your boronia.’
    • ‘The fragrance of other boronias such as B.serrulata and B.florabunda is more subtle and not universally detectable.’
    • ‘But then follow the mossy green path opposite to view the lovely boronias, all showing off their own shades of pink flowers.’
    • ‘They take us on a journey of discovery through the park—from the magnificent stands of tall trees to the low alpine boronias and conifers of the snow fields and the crystal clear lakes providing water for Hobart.’
    • ‘These plants include eucalypts and tea-trees, banksias and grevilleas, boronias, native fuchsias, wattles and peas (Fabaceae).’
    • ‘In-principle agreement has been reached to exempt species like mock orange and boronia, and the ban now applies to 10 members of the Rutaceae family, and all citrus.’
    • ‘A number of known sites no longer contained boronias or they had been recently burnt out by fires.’
    • ‘A bouquet of boronia and violets precedes a palate of black cherries and spices.’
    • ‘Karwarra holds the OPCA collections of boronias and waratahs.’
    • ‘Dry-sclerophyll forests have a canopy between 10 metres and 30 metres tall, and generally have a hard-leaved understorey with wattles, peas and boronias.’


Modern Latin, named after Francesco Borone (1769–94), Italian botanist.