My approach is to identify the Clarkia species in the field and then return later to collect the seeds. The flower is really Clarkia amoena ssp. These are plants that grow from bulbs and they can be purchased to recreate a wildflower meadow in the garden. whitneyi, a spectacularly large flower that is in the color range red-pink-white. Just tuck them where you want some reliable summer colour. Deadhead regularly to extend the flowering window. I have done this with success for many species and currently have several blooming in my garden…Clarkia gracilis ssp. The Clarkia flowers are generally in pink tones with two flower types–the bowl,  with four entire petals arranged in a bowl; often with flashy red blotch at the base of the petal…i.e. In the Sierra, I was thrilled with a show of fort miller clarkia (Clarkia williamsonii) that filled the mountain meadows. The seeds are easy to collect in their wild places because the seeds are held within their capsules rather than dehiscing explosively like the CA poppy. Thin seedlings to a final spacing of 15cm. Education, Donate to CNPS Memories of the person who gave us the seeds of the plants or memories of the wild place that the plant was first encountered. Liz Parsons has been the chairman of the annual CNPS Milo Baker Plant Sale for 30 years and has propagated and grown many of the plants for the sale each year. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. The bright pink Clarkias burst from the roadsides. (Lewis is remembered with the genus Lewisia, the most familiar is the bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva) the state flower of Montana.). Excellent for cut flowers, they also make an attractive pot plant for the cold greenhouse. 8049771 | Design by Joshi was Janes. September sowings will require cloche protection. The second type is a rotate or non-bowl shape, some of which have lobes…i.e. Clarkias are named after William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Sow directly in Mar-Jun for flowers the same year or in Sep. for flowers the following year. The seeds are easy to collect in their wild places because the seeds are held within their capsules rather than dehiscing explosively like the CA poppy. It is lovely interspersed with perennials who are less accommodating. Plant Science Order our Clarkia elegans seeds to grow this very popular, beautiful and easily grown plant. Conservation Gently press seeds into soil, covering with 1/16" soil. Jobs, © California Native Plant Society. The name of many plants can tell the history. Please note we pack the majority of our seeds by volume so the number of seeds indicated is only an approximation. C. amoena and C. rubicunda. In the new Jepson Manual,  40 species of Clarkia are recognized along with many sub-species. At the flower market, Clarkias are sold as Godetias and this refers to an older name of the genus which was abandoned long ago, but is still used in the flower trade. This mixture contains many different shades of salmon, scarlet and pink. Membership The cotyledon leaves are easy to identify with reddish tones to the stems and mid-ribs. Germination takes 10-14 days approx. Prefers a poor to moderately fertile, slightly acid soil which is well-drained in full or partial sun. Our gardens are infused with memories. Lightly cover seeds with 1/16" soil. Close, English Name(s): Farewell To Spring, Godetia, Suitable for: Summer Bedding, Cut Flowers, Lighting Conditions: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Average Rating: (5 of 5 based on 1 reviews), Reviewed by Justin Hope on 23rd January 2020. Direct seed - As soon as the soil can be worked. When I say easy to grow, I mean that they germinate easily when seeds are sown at the beginning of the rainy season.