from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a cosmopolitan genus of usually perennial herbs with asterlike flowers; the leaves were formerly used medicinally, but now are only occasionally so used.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of composite herbs, nearly related to Aster, from which it is distinguished chiefly by the narrower and usually more numerous ray-florets and by the equal and less herbaceous bracts of the involucre.

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

  • n. cosmopolitan genus of usually perennial herbs with flowers that resemble asters; leaves occasionally (especially formerly) used medicinally


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  • If you're thinking of removing a section of lawn and replacing it with low-maintenance plants, some easy perennials that spread far and wide are yarrow, chamomile, erigeron, festuca, gaura, Stachys and creeping thyme.

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  • Thus, it is well known that the creeping thistle is hurtful to oats, _erigeron acre_ to wheat, _scabiosa arvensis_ to flax, &c.

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  • After reaching Turlock, I sped afoot over the stubble fields and through miles of brown hemizonia and purple erigeron, to Hopeton, conscious of little more than that the town was behind and beneath me, and the mountains above and before me; on through the oaks and chaparral of the foothills to Coulterville; and then ascended the first great mountain step upon which grows the sugar pine.

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  • These garden-patches are full of gay colors of gentian, erigeron, anemone, larkspur, and columbine, and are enlivened with happy birds and bees and marmots.

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  • The alpine spiraea grows here also and blossoms profusely with potentilla, erigeron, eriogonum, pentstemon, solidago, and an interesting species of onion, and four or five species of grasses and sedges.

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  • The Canadian roadside erigeron is well established already in the remoter suburbs; the phylloxera battens on our hothouse vines; the American river-weed stops the navigation on our principal canals.

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