clark·​ia | \ ˈklär-kē-ə How to pronounce clarkia (audio) \

Definition of clarkia

: any of a genus (Clarkia) of showy annual herbs of the evening-primrose family that are native to western North America and southwestern South America

Examples of clarkia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three years ago, Fields broadcast several packs of wildflowers, including California poppy, lupine and clarkia, in the gardens. Lisa Boone,, "A former lawn sets the stage for a wildflower super bloom in Woodland Hills," 15 May 2018 Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Make most of September weather, plant for fall," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of clarkia

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clarkia

New Latin, from William Clark

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“Clarkia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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