One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The perennial goosefoot, Chenopodium bonus-henricus (family Chenopodiaceae (or Amaranthaceae)), which has edible leaves and shoots and was formerly used as a vegetable and for medicinal purposes; also called Good King Henry, English mercury.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Lyte (1529–1607), botanist and antiquary. From all + good, perhaps originally after Dutch algoede, itself probably after either post-classical Latin tota bona or its apparent etymon Middle French, French toute-bonne.
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