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Corps of Discovery Expedition
1804 to 1806

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Captain Clark

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President Thomas Jefferson called upon Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to assemble a crew and coordinate an expedition into the wilderness that lay beyond the Missouri in what is now Illinois.  They assembled a diverse group of people and called them the "Corps of Discovery".

The three year journey took them across the country to the Pacific Ocean and resulted in the recording of nearly 1,000,000 words.  Along with documentary information, the corps recorded weather data, geography, native cultures, and descriptions of animal and plant specimens that they collected during the journey.

The following wildflower varieties are examples of discoveries made by the expedition.  They are a perfect way to incorporate a bit of history into your daily life.

Rocky Mountain
Bee Plant

Cleome serrulata
[approx. 130 seeds/gram]

A North American native, it was collected along the Vermillion River in South Dakota on August 25, 1804.2

Sow seeds in early spring for pink to lavender flowers during the summer. 12 to 48 inches. Annual.

Rocky Mountain Bee Plant

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Gaillardia aristata
[approx. 350 seeds/gram]

Collected near the Lewis & Clark Pass area of Montana on July 7, 1806.4

The blossoms are yellow and red. Flowers from summer into autumn. Thrives in dry soil in full sun.  Grows 18 to 30 inches in height.

USDA zones 3 to 8

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Blue Flax
Linum perenne lewisii
[approx. 650 seeds/gram]

Blue Flax was collected at Sun River, Montana (near Grand Falls) on July 9, 1806. By 1815 it was in Bernard McMahon's seed catalog and widely cultivated.

Sow seeds in May through July for small sky-blue flowers the following spring. 12 to 36 inches. Perennial.

USDA zones 5 to 8.

Flax, Blue - Linum perenne lewisii

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Bibliographic Sources and Links:

  1. Lewis and Clark as Naturalists, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
  2. Lewis and Clark as Naturalists, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
  3. Lewis and Clark as Naturalists, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
  4. Lewis and Clark as Naturalists, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.


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