Definition of busy Lizzie in English:

busy Lizzie

Line breaks: busy Liz¦zie
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪzi

noun (plural busy Lizzies)

An East African plant with abundant red, pink, or white flowers. It is widely grown as a houseplant, and its many hybrids are grown as bedding plants.
  • Impatiens walleriana, family Balsaminaceae
More example sentences
  • My busy Lizzies are grown from seed rather than bought in off the shelf but, unfortunately, they never reach the seeding stage.
  • In spite of impatiens' odd common names - like busy Lizzie, touch-me-not, and snapweed - their meteoric rise to fame isn't surprising.
  • Impatiens, better known as busy Lizzies, have become one of the most popular container plants.

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