from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of American plants of a single species, A. cirrhosa, the climbing fumitory, a delicate climbing herbaceous biennial, with panicles of drooping flowers. It is a native of the Alleghanies, and is often cultivated.

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  • noun one species: climbing fumitory


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  • Of the tender vines, the nasturtiums and ipomeas and morning-glories are the most common in the North, while the adlumia, balloon vine, passion vine, gourds, and others, are frequently used.

    Manual of Gardening (Second Edition) 1906

  • Of such are adlumia, Canterbury bell, lunaria, ipomopsis, oenothera Lamarckiana; and foxglove, valerian, and some other perennials would better be treated as biennials.

    Manual of Gardening (Second Edition) 1906

  • The adlumia, or mountain fringe, was a special vine of our own and known by a special name -- virgin's bower.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle 1881

  • (were he alive) that destroyed my one adlumia some weeks ago, for the kindly letter of promise and the generous supply of new plants, which have come to me from different quarters.

    Gardening by Myself 1872


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