from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A garden variety of Primula veris, most nearly allied to the variety elatior, the oxlip, whose flowers are umbeled on a common peduncle several inches high.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The oxlip. So called because the peduncle bears a many-flowered umbel. See
oxlip. (b) A bulbous flowering plant of the genus Narcissus ( Narcissus Tazetta, or Narcissus polyanthusof some authors). See Illust.of narcissus.
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- noun florists' primroses; considered a complex hybrid derived from oxlip, cowslip, and common primrose
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The Polyanthus is a species of primrose, grows best in a rather shady position in a loam and peat compost, and produces its flowers in May.
a pleasing break among Wallflowers, and are particularly attractive when grown as an edging to bulbous flowers and other spring-blooming subjects such as Polyanthus, Myosotis, &c.
These authors slain, he went to dine alone at the lonely club of the Polyanthus, where the vast solitudes frightened him, and made him only the more moody.
Club — not the Polyanthus, whereof Mr. Pen was just elected a member, but another Club: for the Major was too wise to have a nephew as a constant inmate of any house where he was in the habit of passing his time — the Major one day entered one of those public vehicles, and bade the conductor to put him down at the gate of the Upper Temple.
Many sowings of good seed have been thrown away because it was not known that the Polyanthus partakes of the slow and irregular characteristics of this class of plants.
= = Polyanthus = = to be sown from May to July on a shaded border.
Polyanthus type, and, like others of the same class, the bulbs may be successfully grown in soil or in water.
= = -- All the Polyanthus class, and almost all the Garden varieties, thrive in pots, and can be forced with extreme ease.
= = -- For this purpose the Narcissus will always command attention for its graceful appearance; and this observation applies with as much force to the Polyanthus section, when thus used, as to the varieties which are specially recognised as Garden Narcissus.
Polyanthus in association with beds of Tulips for flowering in April.