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leadwort

(lĕd`wôrt, –wərt), common name for the Plumbaginaceae, a family of perennial herbs and shrubs usually found in semiarid regions, especially of the Mediterranean area and Central Asia. Several species—e.g., thrift (genus Armeria), prickly thrift (genus Acantholimon), sea lavender (genus Limonium), and plumbago, or leadwort (genus Plumbago)—are cultivated in gardens for their papery globe-shaped flowers of various colors, which are also used in everlastingeverlasting
or immortelle
, names for numerous plants characterized by papery or chaffy flowers that retain their form and often their color when dried and are used for winter bouquets and decorations.
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 bouquets. The common thrift, or sea pink, is Armeria maritima. The leadwort family is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Plumbaginales.