One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An evergreen eastern Asian shrub that resembles bamboo and is cultivated for its foliage, which turns red or bronze in autumn.
Nandina domestica, family BerberidaceaeAlso called celestial bamboo
- ‘They placed shrubs-roses, azaleas, altheas, forsythia, crepe myrtle, spirea, camellias, nandina, and wild honeysuckle-throughout the yard.’
- ‘Use red berries, such as nandina, for a traditional red and green combination.’
- ‘Wrap large bundles of nandina berries with florist's tape, add a bow and hang on a door, newel post or mailbox.’
- ‘Outside the dining-room window, a tiered fountain bubbles in a shady entry garden with nandina, butterfly iris, camellias, ferns and hostas.’
- ‘Mix in foliage plants such as dusty miller, ferns, liriope, or dwarf nandina.’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin (genus name), adapted from Japanese nanten.
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