leadwort


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lead·wort

 (lĕd′wûrt′, -wôrt′)
n.
1. Any of various chiefly tropical ornamental plants of the genus Plumbago, having five-lobed often blue flowers.
2. Any of various plants of the genus Ceratostigma, especially C. plumbaginoides, having shiny leaves and blue flowers and often grown as a ground cover. In both senses also called plumbago.

[Translation of Latin plumbāgō, a kind of plant (perhaps of the genus Plumbago), from plumbum, lead; see plumbago.]

leadwort

(ˈlɛdˌwɜːt)
n
(Plants) any shrub of the plumbaginaceous genus Plumbago, of tropical and subtropical regions, with red, blue, or white flowers

lead•wort

(ˈlɛdˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt)

n.
any plant or shrub of the genus Plumbago, having spikes of blue, white, or red flowers.
[1855–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leadwort - a plant of the genus Plumbago with blue flowersleadwort - a plant of the genus Plumbago with blue flowers
genus Plumbago - shrubs and herbs and woody vines of warm regions: leadwort
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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Spring sandwort is the most common, and was known as leadwort because of its habit of growing along lead veins.
For instance to create an interesting foundation border the authors advise readers to use compact shrubs like "Sixteen Candles" Summersweet which turns brilliant yellow in the fall combined with a low-growing perennial like Leadwort that produces blue flowers in late summer and whose foliage transforms from green to deep red.
This will be decorated with intricate metalwork showing horses, other animals from the Mountain including sheep and great crested newts and flora such as the rare spring sandwort - or leadwort - which thrives on the toxic lead spoil.