1. The act of blossoming, or the season when plants blossom; florification.

2. The act of adorning with flowers.

<botany> Having conspicuous flowers; used as an epithet with many names of plants; as, flowering ash; flowering dogwood; flowering almond, etc. Flowering fern, a genus of showy ferns (Osmunda), with conspicuous bivalvular sporangia. They usually grow in wet places. Flowering plants, plants which have stamens and pistils, and produce true seeds; phenogamous plants; distinguished from flowerless plants. Flowering rush, a European rushlike plant (Butomus umbellatus), with an umbel of rosy blossoms.

(01 Mar 1998)

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