clark·​ia ˈklär-kē-ə How to pronounce clarkia (audio)
: 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 Flowers Enjoy these blooms now and plant to enjoy flowers next April: - Annual flowers blooming this month: nasturtium, flowering sweet peas, native California poppies, native tidy tips (Layia platyglossa), native elegant clarkia (Clarkia unguiculata). Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Apr. 2023 Three years ago, Fields broadcast several packs of wildflowers, including California poppy, lupine and clarkia, in the gardens. Lisa Boone,, 15 May 2018 Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, 1 Sep. 2017

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Word History


New Latin, from William Clark

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clarkia was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Clarkia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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