Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various tropical American plants of the genus Ageratum in the composite family, especially A. houstonianum, cultivated for their fluffy blue, purple, pink, or white flower heads.
  • noun Any of several other plants having flower clusters similar to those of ageratum.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of plants, natural order Compositæ, all American and chiefly tropical, nearly allied to Eupatorium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun (Bot.) A genus of plants, one species of which (Ageratum Mexicanum) has lavender-blue flowers in dense clusters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable Any of the genus Ageratum of tropical American herbs, annuals and perennials, from the sunflower family Asteraceae, tribe Eupatorieae; they are sometimes used in floral displays.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun rhizomatous plant of central and southeastern United States and West Indies having large showy heads of clear blue flowers; sometimes placed in genus Eupatorium
  • noun any plant of the genus Ageratum having opposite leaves and small heads of blue or white flowers

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Agēratum, genus name, from Greek agēraton, a plant (perhaps a type of rosemary), neuter of agēratos, ageless : a-, without; see a– + gēras, old age; see gerə- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the genus name.

Examples

  • Some seeds, such as ageratum, alyssum, impatiens, petunias, and snapdragons, should not be covered at all because they need light in order to germinate.

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  • A Fight for Flower Power Andy McMillan for The Wall Street Journal Dahlinova Dahlias at Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, N.C. More photos and interactive graphics This year, Home Depot is touting an exclusive "Stellar Blue" ageratum, or floss flower, that hides faded blooms as it grows, requiring less clipping.

    The Garden Gloves Come Off

  • Spotted sipping on the wild ageratum, Conoclinium coelestinum, is our first image of a monarch butterfly this season.

    Whoa Nellie!* « Fairegarden

  • She is surrounded by the native wild ageratum, Conoclinium coelestinum inherited with the property and planted with bronze carex self sown seedlings.

    First Frost Of Fall « Fairegarden

  • We started snapping as the butterfly enjoyed the nectar from the wild ageratum, the name of which has changed so many times that the common name will suit our purposes here.

    Lucky Day « Fairegarden

  • Do you have the wild ageratum, used to be a eupatorium of some sort?

    August Clues « Fairegarden

  • We did best with ageratum and alyssum, impressing neighbors who said nobody had gardened that yard in human memory.

    Furniture

  • Along the walks ageratum was planted in the following manner to serve as

    The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming.

  • Often one sees a border of ageratum about such a one.

    The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming.

  • This was money enough to buy seeds of ageratum, zinnia, dwarf nasturtium,

    The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming.

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