any plant of the dwarf evergreen genus Helianthemum, some species of which are grown as rock-garden plants for their numerous papery yellow or orange flowers; related to the rockrose, which they resemble: family CistaceaeAlso called: Cape primrose

Word Origin for helianthemum

New Latin, from Greek hēlios sun + anthemon flower
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Examples from the Web for helianthemum

Historical Examples of helianthemum

  • Thus, certain species of Helianthemum are apetalous in Lapland.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • The Sunflower (Helianthemum annuus) is an example of one of the plants belonging to this division which has seeds yielding oil.

  • It feeds from August to May on rock rose (Helianthemum), eating the withered and even mouldy leaves.

  • I have seen a similar instance in a less degree in a species of Helianthemum.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Laid on the petals of the common furze (Ulex europæus), and on leaves of rock-rose (Helianthemum chamæcistus).