What does the word wisteria mean?

Usage examples for wisteria

  1. The trunk of this vine is very thick and sturdy and twists itself into as many fantastic shapes as a wisteria. – A House Party with the Tucker Twins by Nell Speed
  2. The purple splendor of the wisteria recalls the garden that I always entered with a fearful joy, for here a French gardener reigned absolute, and the flowers might be looked at, but not pulled. – Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall