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Clarkia amoena
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Zones A1-A3, 1-45, H1, H2

Clarkia amoena

Farewell-to-Spring (Godetia)
Onagraceae
Annuals

CLARKIA

Native to western South and North America; especially numerous in California. Plants grow during cool times of year, bloom in spring and early summer. Attractive in mixed borders or in mass displays. Cut branches keep for several days; cut when top bud opens (others open successively). Sow seed in place in fall (in mild-winter areas) or spring. Seedlings are difficult to transplant, but volunteer seedlings grow well. Best in sandy soil without added fertilizer. Keep soil moist from seeding to flowering.

Clarkia amoena

Native California to British Columbia. Two wild forms: one has coarse stems and sprawls 4–5 in. high; the other has more slender stems and grows 1 1/2–2 1/2 ft. high. Tapered leaves are 1/2–2 in. long. On both forms, upright buds open into cup-shaped, 2-in.-wide, slightly flaring pink or lavender flowers, usually blotched or penciled in crimson. Although seeds of named varieties are rarely sold in the U.S. (more available in England), strains of mixed colors are easy to find. Dwarf Gem grows to 10 in. tall; Tall Upright reaches 2–3 ft.

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