Retraction to: Nature Plants https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-017-0086-5, published online 1 January 2018.

In view of the fact that the Letter titled ‘Two genetic changes in cis-regulatory elements caused evolution of petal spot position in Clarkia’ by Peng Jiang and Mark Rausher (Nat. Plants 4, 14–22; 2018) has been retracted by its authors, we wish to retract our News & Views highlighting the study because it relied on the validity of the data presented therein.

Both authors agree with the Retraction.