One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the purslane family with showy pinkish-white flowers on short stems. Found throughout the rocky areas of western North America, it is particularly abundant in Montana, of which it is the state flower.
- ‘Lewis took home six bitterroot specimens, which he later gave to botanist Frederick Pursh, who named the genus after Lewis.’
- ‘Lately his slumber had been disturbed by dreams of yellow roses and pink heather, bachelor's-buttons and bitterroot and salmon poppies and moss rose and blue flax and red tulips and yellow water lilies.’
- ‘During the summer, the Nez Percé gathered a wide variety of plants, including wild onions and carrots, bitterroots, blackberries, strawberries, huckleberries, and nuts.’
- ‘My state flower is the bitterroot and my state bird is the western meadowlark.’
- ‘They stopped in the Bitterroot and Hell Gate [Clark Fork] Valleys to dig bitterroot before ‘returning to their own country over the Bitterroot Range.’’
- ‘Women gathered roots, prairie turnips, bitterroot, and camas bulbs in the early summer.’
- ‘But at the eleventh hour, anxious to complete, I resorted to transferring a photograph of a bitterroot bloom to fabric.’
- ‘Then he gave the officer a hunk of bitterroot, to ward off evil.’
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