The genus is thought to have been named by Linnaeus
for Helen of Troy. The legend is that the flowers
sprung up from the ground where her tears fell.
The species is named for Dr. John Milton Bigelow,
19th century professor of botany at Detroit Medical College
The common name is based on the former use of its dried leaves
in making snuff, inhaled to cause sneezing that would
supposedly rid the body of evil spirits.
Both above: M107 at the entrance to Holey Meadow
FR 23S06, Holey Meadow
R-Ranch, near Parker Meadow Creek, upper level