One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shrub or small tree of the pea family, which is native to central Asia and Siberia and is sometimes planted as an ornamental.
Genus Caragana, family Leguminosae: several species
- ‘The caragana bushes would flower along the sidewalks; buildings would be painted the morning after a happy event.’
- ‘You don't need or want to know the detailed play-by-play, just that my ‘holiday’ Monday consisted basically of getting drunk and stoned in the sunshine and rolling an old bicycle off my friend's roof and into the caragana hedge.’
Modern Latin, of Turkic origin.
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