Definition of erigeron in English:



  • 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).