One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A climbing shrub of the pea family, with hanging clusters of fragrant flowers, typically pale bluish-lilac in colour. Native to eastern Asia and North America, ornamental varieties are widely grown on walls and pergolas.
- ‘She plants tender climbing vines such as wisteria and sweet peas so they can cling to the warm stone walls.’
- ‘First, he planted a Japanese wisteria at the base of each pole.’
- ‘The large pendulous flower clusters of the wisteria vine are quite appealing to butterflies in late spring.’
- ‘Even though Japanese principles and classic flowering trees and shrubs such as wisterias, magnolias and flowering cherries have been used, everything has been sourced locally.’
- ‘It is also a vigorous climber that can grow in sun or shade, although as with the wisteria it flowers best in full sun.’
Modern Latin, named after Caspar Wistar (or Wister) (1761–1818), American anatomist.
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