One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American plant with showy white, pink, or purple flowers, cultivated as a border plant in gardens.
Genus Clarkia, family Onagraceae
- ‘Many old favourites are here, including poppies, daisies and clarkias and hollyhocks.’
- ‘Alas, clarkias, native to the Pacific Coast, failed to thrive in the hot summers typical of the rest of the country.’
- ‘The poppies and clarkias began to straighten up, and the smaller shrubs saw the sunlight again.’
- ‘Continuing on, you begin to see some clarkias, a few mariposa lilies and some lupine.’
- ‘Cool-season annuals such as clarkia, Iceland poppy, lobelia, pansy, and stock can't stand intense summer heat.’
Modern Latin, named after William Clark (see Clark, William), who discovered it.
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