from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A species of bellflower, Campanula Trachelium, the great throatwort, sometimes called
haskwort, once an esteemed remedy for throat-ailments; also, C. Cervicariaand other campanulas.
- noun A plant of the genus Trachelium, allied to Campanula; also, the foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, and the figwort, Scrophularia nodosa.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) A plant (
Campanula Trachelium) formerly considered a remedy for sore throats because of its throat-shaped corolla.
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- noun botany A
plant, Campanula trachelium, with a throat-shaped corolla, once considered a remedyfor sore throats.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun European bellflower with blue-purple to lilac flowers formerly used to treat sore throat
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RARE BEAUTY The common name of this less common plant is "throatwort" Trachelium caeruleum.
Rare Beauty: The common name of this less common plant is "throatwort" Trachelium caeruleum.
Like many plants, throatwort was believed to have healing properties, in particular with sore throats.
I chose throatwort for a reason -- it's a pretty flower, looks a little like broccoli, only a few people in the wholesale industry know much about it, and it's not very popular in arrangements ... so a perfect example of neglected beauty.
To divine the meaning of throatwort, I went back to where Florigraphy (literally, "the language of flowers") was at its peak in popularity.
It seems throatwort is not alone in the pretty flower-ugly name game.