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(of a plant) producing many flowers.
- ‘In addition to its floriferous nature, ‘Blaze’ is very cold-hardy and resists disease.’
- ‘The garden is lush and floriferous, nourished by the rich topsoil the Sorensens layered over the garage roof.’
- ‘This form is exceptionally floriferous, having acid - yellow petals that resemble strips of shredded lemon zest, and the sharp spicy scent is equally striking.’
- ‘Because of their trailing habit, floriferous nature, and tolerance of tough conditions, ivy geraniums are one of the most popular summer annuals for containers.’
- ‘Frankly, I don't see the point of bringing a plant to floriferous maturity and then starting all over again with a cutting.’
- ‘If your garden is densely planted with very floriferous plants, you can fertilize every 60 days.’
- ‘Modern shrubs grow on their own roots and are not only extraordinarily floriferous but very winter hardy.’
- ‘Try ‘Spring Glory’ for an extra bounty of flowers - it's hard to find a more floriferous forsythia.’
- ‘They're floriferous, blooming nonstop from spring until first frost - and even throughout winter in mild coastal areas.’
- ‘It takes ten years to develop a new rose, and hybridizers worldwide have created breeding programs that are now producing varieties of roses that are more disease resistant, more floriferous and easier to grow than ever before.’
- ‘There are successful stories of producing floriferous plants with an unusual mixture of colours by hybridisation techniques.’
- ‘Behind the scenes, breeders have been developing pansies that are more floriferous, focusing on plants that produce a more abundant show of 1-to 3-inch-wide flowers rather than fewer but larger blooms.’
- ‘Floribundas are among the most floriferous of roses.’
- ‘Increasing popularity for planting in urban gardens has resulted in the careful selection of particularly floriferous cultivars for supply to the ornamental gardening market.’
- ‘Subsequent displays have been less floriferous, but nevertheless welcome, especially as the flowers are such a beautiful rich orange.’
- ‘There's no need to stake this floriferous little charmer.’
- ‘‘It proved to be a real breakthrough: a dwarf, basal-branched plant with symmetrical habit, and very floriferous.’’
Mid 17th century: from Latin florifer (from flos, flor- ‘flower’, + -fer ‘producing’) + -ous.
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