Definition of wallflower :
1. A lady at a ball, who, either from choice, or because not asked to dance, remains a spectator.
2. A perennial, cruciferous plant ( Cheiranthus Cheiri), with sweet- scented flowers varying in color from yellow to orange and deep red. In Europe it very common on old walls.
3. In Australia, the desert poison bush ( Gastrolobium grandiflorum); - called also native wallflower.
Cheiranthus Cheiri, Erysimum cheiri
flower (part of speech: noun)
fuchsia, crocus, fleur-de-lis, geranium, amaryllis, hawthorn, aster, edelweiss, mimosa, snowball, water lily, snapdragon, petunia, primrose, magnolia, columbine, sweet pea, ranunculus, marigold, hepatica, yucca, narcissus, clematis, camellia, hyacinth, chrysanthemum, rhododendron, azalea, snowberry, black-eyed susan, violet, hibiscus, bluebell, flax, peony, cowslip, lotus, Queen Anne's lace, dahlia, anemone, forget-me-not, tulip, cornflower, oleander, hydrangea, jonquil, buttercup, jasmine, wisteria, sweet william, mayflower, spirea, indigo, orchid, baby's breath, daffodil, trillium, daisy, acacia, poppy, rose, dogwood, goldenrod, rosemary, lavender, gladiolus, morning-glory, duckweed, pansy, lily, lilac, carnation, laurel, dandelion, larkspur, gardenia, flower, smilax, sunflower, begonia, African violet, foxglove, foxtail, zinnia, verbena, honeysuckle, poinsettia, bloodroot, heather, strawflower, lupine, lady's slipper, phlox, hollyhock, viburnum, iris, periwinkle
- While this was a novel sensation to Skinner- the walk- in- the- slush, sit- in- the- corner, watch- the- other- fellow- dance, male- wallflower proposition- he didn'tlike it, for he was a kind- hearted man, always considerate of the feelings of others. - "Skinner's Dress Suit", Henry Irving Dodge.
- But belle as she was, many a ballroom had been spoiled for her by the sight of girls to whom it was not a scene of triumph, to whom it was no less than a battlefield, where the vanquished face defeat with the fixed and piteous smile of the hopeless wallflower. - "Kildares of Storm", Eleanor Mercein Kelly.
- Hence it came about that the Wallflower, the Pansy, and the Stock, by virtue of their cordial qualities, were alike called Gilliflowers, or Heart's- ease. - "Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure", William Thomas Fernie.