Godetia - Farewell to Spring

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Clarkia amoena, known as Godetia - Farewell to Spring, is a delightful genus of annual wildflowers native to western North America, primarily California and adjacent areas. These charming blooms offer a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors, delicate forms, and easy care, making them irresistible additions to gardens and floral arrangements.

Here's a closer look at what makes Clarkia special:


    • Blooms: Clarkia boasts delicate, cup-shaped or star-shaped flowers with four soft petals, typically measuring 1-3 inches across.
    • Colors: A vibrant palette awaits! Clarkia flowers come in shades of pink, purple, white, red, salmon, and even bi-colors, bringing a symphony of hues to your garden.
    • Petals: Some species have smooth, silky petals, while others have frilled or ruffled edges, adding textural interest.
    • Foliage: Slender, linear leaves about 2-7 cm long complement the delicate blooms, providing a subtle backdrop for the vibrant floral display.

Growth Habit:

    • Height: Clarkia typically grows to a height of 30-90 cm, with some varieties reaching up to 1 m.
    • Branching: These plants can be bushy or more open and airy, depending on the species.

Bloom Time:

    • Clarkia bloom time varies slightly depending on the species and climate. Some bloom in early spring, while others peak in summer and early fall, extending your gardening season with their colorful charm.

Growing Clarkia:

    • Sun: These sun-loving plants prefer full sun for optimal growth and flowering.
    • Soil: Well-draining soil is crucial for Clarkia, as they don't tolerate overwatering.
    • Planting: Direct sowing outdoors in late summer or fall is preferred for colder climates. In warmer areas, start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost or sow directly outdoors after the last frost has passed.
    • Care: Clarkia are relatively low-maintenance once established. Water regularly to maintain moist soil, but avoid overwatering.


    • Garden borders: Clarkia adds a delicate touch to borders and mixes beautifully with other flowers like daisies, cosmos, and zinnias.
    • Containers: Their compact size makes them ideal for pots and window boxes, bringing vibrant color to balconies and patios.
    • Cut flowers: The long-lasting blooms of Clarkia make them excellent choices for bouquets and floral arrangements.

Interesting facts:

    • The name "Clarkia" commemorates William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, who collected the first specimens.
    • Native Americans used different Clarkia species for food and medicine.
  • These charming flowers attract a variety of pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, making them beneficial for your garden ecosystem.
Godetia - Farewell to Spring



I love Native Sunflowers in my home garden and landscape.

Mary Hoggins
Tyler, Texas

Last year in the Fall, I collected a lot of seeds I planted this year.

Roger Holmes
Dallas, Texas

They really added a big splash of color to the front of my house garden bed. Love them!

Audrey Long
Mobile, Alabama

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