One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An eastern Asian shrub of the rose family, cultivated for its yellow flowers, especially the double-flowered variety.
Kerria japonica, family Rosaceae
- ‘This is cheap and easy to do with specimens such as berberis, buddleia, cornus, kerria, philadelphus, spirea and willow.’
- ‘Imagine the envious looks on neighbors faces as the first burst of bulbs, primrose, and pulmonaria gives way to a riot of color as your azaleas and rhodies harmonize with kerria and viburnums.’
- ‘When we moved to a bedraggled wood 10 years ago, we were greeted the following spring by the exuberant golden blossoms of kerria.’
- ‘I recommend this sometimes as an alternative to forsythia, because the flowering effect is similar, but kerria is a much nicer looking shrub after it flowers than forsythia, which tends to look ragged and weedy.’
- ‘Just about the time I was shopping for plants for my front garden, the local garden shop offered the yellow, double-flowered Kerria in pots small enough to interest me.’
Early 19th century: modern Latin, named after William Ker(r) (died 1814), English botanical collector.
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