A plant of the Eurasian and North African genus Globularia (family Plantaginaceae), which comprises low growing herbs with pink, purple, or white flowers held on long stems above the leaves, commonly grown in gardens for ornament; compare globe-daisy . Also (in form Globularia): the genus itself.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Richard Bradley (?1688–1732), botanist and writer. From post-classical Latin globularia from classical Latin globulus + -āria; compare post-classical Latin globularis. Later adopted into scientific Latin as the genus name Globularia.