Definition of honeywort in US English:



  • A Mediterranean plant of the borage family, with grayish-green leaves and tubular yellow or purple flowers that are a favored source of nectar for bees.

    Genus Cerinthe, family Boraginaceae: several species, in particular the yellow-flowered C. major

    • ‘It's a mix of corn cockle, godetia, honeywort, and California poppies that came up on its own several years ago and has been self-sowing for repeat performances ever since.’
    • ‘Cerinthe major, or honeywort, has been around for many years - it was introduced to this country from Switzerland as long ago as 1596.’
    • ‘Although it is sometimes called the blue wax flower or blue honeywort, we ask for it using the horticultural Latin to avoid confusion.’