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Is there an actual flower called the Wallflower?

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Answer: yes

The word wallflower (1578) - which is another name for Erisymum Cheiri- originally denoted a flowering garden plant; it evolved to denote "a women at a party sitting by the wall because she doesn't have a partner."

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