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(ɪˈrɪdʒərən; -ˈrɪɡ-)
(Plants) any plant of the genus Erigeron, whose flowers resemble asters but have narrower rays: family Asteraceae (composites). See also fleabane1
[C17: via Latin from Greek, from ēri early + gerōn old man; from the white down characteristic of some species]


(ɪˈrɪdʒ əˌrɒn, -ər ən)

any composite plant of the genus Erigeron, having asterlike flower heads but with narrower and usu. more numerous white or purple rays.
[1595–1605; < Latin ērigeron the plant groundsel < Greek ērigérōn]
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Noun1.erigeron - cosmopolitan genus of usually perennial herbs with flowers that resemble astersErigeron - cosmopolitan genus of usually perennial herbs with flowers that resemble asters; leaves occasionally (especially formerly) used medicinally
asterid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
aster family, Asteraceae, Compositae, family Asteraceae, family Compositae - plants with heads composed of many florets: aster; daisy; dandelion; goldenrod; marigold; lettuces; ragweed; sunflower; thistle; zinnia
fleabane - any of several North American plants of the genus Erigeron having daisylike flowers; formerly believed to repel fleas
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Bees and butterflies love all erigerons, so they make a wonderful addition to a wildlife garden.
Erigerons are ideally suited to sunny spots and few of them will try to take your garden over.
Some of our best performing herbaceous perennials are members of this family and I am sure that you will recognise the similarities in asters, solidago, erigerons, dahlias, chrysanthemums, doronicums, helianthus, rudbeckias and osteospermums.