One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Old World plant of the daisy family with yellow flowers and prickly hairs on the stem and leaves.
Genus Picris, family Compositae: several species, including the bristly ox-tongue (P. echioides), introduced to and now common in California
- ‘The ox tongue is in blossom during June and July; all the florets of the flower-heads, as in the dandelion, are of a rich golden yellow.’
- ‘Bristly ox tongue is a coarse, rough annual plant that grows about 1 meter high.’
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