variants or less commonly tidytips
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: an annual California composite herb (Layia platyglossa) having yellow-rayed flower heads often tipped with white

Examples of tidy tips in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The monument’s dusty topography has erupted in color: yellow from the hillside daisies, goldfields and tidy tips, whose ends are frosted white; purple from the phacelia and wild hyacinth; azure splashes from the lupine and baby blue eyes. Alice Li, Washington Post, 3 May 2023 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 Plant seeds for spring flowering annuals like sweet peas, along with flowering native annuals, including California poppies, elegant Clarkia (Clarkia unguiculata), Phacaelia, and tidy tips (Laia platyglossa). Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2022 That year, California poppies blanketed parts of the Antelope Valley, and the Carrizo Plain National Monument was dotted in tidy tips and owl’s clover. Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Plant wildflowers like Cleveland sage (a woody perennial) and tidy tips (Layia platyglossa). Thad Orr, Sunset Magazine, 10 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tidy tips was in 1888

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“Tidy tips.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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