One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A South American plant of the nightshade family, with brightly patterned funnel-shaped flowers.
Genus Salpiglossis, family Solanaceae
- ‘Quick to grow and flower Salpiglossis, or ‘Painted Tongue’, is one of the old-time, favorite, showy annuals for the garden.’
- ‘Salpiglossis sinuata... must be one of the most beautiful flowers you can grow in your garden. It blooms vigorously over a long period in wonderful shades of red, crimson, pink, mahogany and blue.’
Modern Latin, formed irregularly from Greek salpinx ‘trumpet’ + glōssa ‘tongue’.
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