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water willow

any of several plants belonging to the genus Justicia, of the acanthus family, growing in water or wet places, especially J. americana, of North America, having clusters of pale violet to white flowers.
Origin of water willow
1575-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His list includes several species which are not native, and his water willow (Dianthera americana) is an herbaceous plant.

    Trees of Indiana Charles Clemon Deam
  • water willow,” a portrait of Mrs. Morris is specially interesting because the river landscape behind represents Kelmscott.

    Rossetti Lucien Pissarro
  • For instance the water willow when peeled proves a very good material.

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