One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small East Asian winter-flowering shrub of the box family, with white or pink flowers and black or red berries.
Genus Sarcococca, family Buxaceae
- ‘From now through mid-March, deciduous trees show off their elegant forms, primroses are in flower, and winter bloomers such as witch hazel and sarcococca are perfuming the air.’
- ‘The stone walls are studded with plantings of clematis, espaliered trees, and a sarcococca plant - a fragrant evergreen that blooms in early spring.’
- ‘Gardenia, jasmine, sarcococca, and sweet olive fill the air with perfume.’
- ‘A snatch of the gorgeous aroma of sarcococca hookeriana var digyna, or of viburnum x bodnantense on a crisp January morning makes you feel wonderfully alive.’
- ‘Near windows and gathering spots are plants that add delicious scents to the air: jasmine, lemon, osmanthus, and sarcococca.’
Modern Latin, from Greek sarx, sarc- ‘flesh’ + kokkos ‘berry’.
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