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  • So she told him all about the flowers, how some grew very slowly and others bloomed in a night; how clever the convolvulus was at climbing, and how shy violets were, and why honeycups had folded petals.

    —Max Beerbohm, The Happy Hypocrite, 1897

    Not in OED as a plant name. It does refer to Zenobia pulverentula, but this is not native, so I doubt that Max meant that one. An obscure folk name? I can't find it qua plant name on Google Books either.

    December 31, 2008