any of several shrubby plants (genus Plumbago) of a family (Plumbaginaceae, order Plumbaginales) of dicotyledonous plants grown for their ornamental white, blue, or red flowers, esp. in warm climates
Origin of leadwortlead + wort
- Any of various chiefly tropical ornamental plants of the genus Plumbago, having five-lobed often blue flowers.
- Any of various plants of the genus Ceratostigma, especially C. plumbaginoides, having shiny leaves and blue flowers and often grown as a ground cover. In both senses also called plumbago.
Origin of leadwortTranslation of Latin plumbāgō, a kind of plant (perhaps of the genus Plumbago), from plumbum, lead; see plumbago.