old man's beard


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old man's beard

n
(Plants) any of various plants having a white feathery appearance, esp traveller's joy and Spanish moss
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Noun1.old man's beard - dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry rootsold man's beard - dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry roots; southeastern United States and West Indies to South America
genus Tillandsia, Tillandsia - large genus of epiphytic or terrestrial sparse-rooting tropical plants usually forming dense clumps or pendant masses
aerophyte, air plant, epiphyte, epiphytic plant - plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it
2.old man's beard - vigorous deciduous climber of Europe to Afghanistan and Lebanon having panicles of fragrant green-white flowers in summer and autumnold man's beard - vigorous deciduous climber of Europe to Afghanistan and Lebanon having panicles of fragrant green-white flowers in summer and autumn
clematis - any of various ornamental climbing plants of the genus Clematis usually having showy flowers
3.old man's beard - common climber of eastern North America that sprawls over other plants and bears numerous panicles of small creamy white flowersold man's beard - common climber of eastern North America that sprawls over other plants and bears numerous panicles of small creamy white flowers
clematis - any of various ornamental climbing plants of the genus Clematis usually having showy flowers
References in classic literature ?
Then the youth seized the axe, split the anvil with one blow, and in it caught the old man's beard.
Just fancy, for a minute, the old man's beard stuck on to my chin.
Also known as old man's beard, this tree prefers full to partial sun and acidic soil.
Fatsia flower heads could make pretty silvery baubles and you could gather fluffy material such as miscanthus flowers, old man's beard (clematis) or the lovely tassels of Garrya elliptica.
Fatsia flower heads could make pretty silvery baubles, and you could also gather fluffy material, such as miscanthus flowers, old man's beard (clematis) or the lovely tassels of Garrya elliptica.
They gathered peric'f3n, a type of marigold that turned the woolen skeins a buttercream colour; jarilla leaves that yielded a fresh green; and tree lichen known as old man's beard that dyed wool a yellow as pale as straw.
IAnd last weekend, in my new role as unofficial floral 'birder', I found a tiny blue plant - apparently the miniature 'sheep's bit' scabious - as well as the climber known as Old Man's Beard.