One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A widely distributed herbaceous plant of the daisy family, which is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental.
Genus Erigeron, family Compositae
- ‘The steam-distilled fraction of the aerial parts of Erigeron speciosus was tested for activity against strawberry plant pathogenic fungi.’
- ‘Mine flowered a little later this year but is still going strong, having outlived the penstemon and erigeron it is planted with.’
- ‘Erigeron Spindrift makes growing ordinary karvinskianus pointless!’
Modern Latin, from Latin, ‘groundsel’ (the original sense in English), from Greek ērigerōn, from ēri ‘early’ + gerōn ‘old man’ (because the plant flowers early in the year, and some species bear grey down).
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