One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An evergreen shrub of the heath family, typically having pink or red young leaves and loose clusters of waxy white bell-shaped flowers.
Genus Pieris, family Ericaceae: many species, in particular P. floribunda of North America
- ‘Some shrubs like rhododendrons, magnolias, pieris, enkianthus, and most evergreens are best not pruned at all.’
- ‘The easiest plants to move are those with thin, compact and fibrous root systems such as rhododendrons, azaleas, pieris, hydrangeas and boxwoods.’
- ‘The shrubs include camellias, hellebores, pieris and hydrangeas, which make a splendid sight when in bloom.’
- ‘Rhododendrons, most heathers, camellias, pieris, skimmia, citrus and many others must have acid soil.’
- ‘The same cultural practices may also be applied to blueberries, pieris, heather, holly and other plants that prefer acid, organic soils.’
Modern Latin, from Latin, literally ‘Muse’, from Pieria, the name of a district in northern Thessaly, said to be the home of the Muses.
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