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
- ‘Erigeron Spindrift makes growing ordinary karvinskianus pointless!’
- ‘Mine flowered a little later this year but is still going strong, having outlived the penstemon and erigeron it is planted with.’
- ‘The steam-distilled fraction of the aerial parts of Erigeron speciosus was tested for activity against strawberry plant pathogenic fungi.’
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 gray down).
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