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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Clarkia concinna (Fisch. & C.A. Mey.) Greene
Red ribbons, Redribbons
Onagraceae (Evening-Primrose Family)
USDA Symbol: CLCO
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
An erect, 1-2 ft. annual, crowded with rose-purple flowers. The deeply cut petals make this Clarkia more delicate than C. amoena. A low, many-branched plant with elaborate, bright pink flowers crowded in leaf axils.
In the very similar Beautiful Clarkia (C. pulchella), sometimes also called Deerhorn Clarkia or Ragged-robin Clarkia, the middle lobe of each petal is twice as wide as the side lobes; it is found from southern British Columbia to southeastern Oregon and east to western Montana. Brewers Clarkia (C. breweri), growing in central California, has a central petal lobe about half as wide as the side lobes. Gunsight Clarkia (C. xantiana), found in southern California, has a needle-like middle petal lobe.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution: CA
Coast Ranges from Santa Clara Co. north; Sierran foothills in Yuba and Butte Cos. Native Habitat:
Dry, foothill woods
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, loose soil.
Conditions Comments: Do not thin seedlings as crowding encourages blooming.
BenefitUse Food: Indigenous Californians sowed Clarkia species and harvested the seeds to grind for food.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Sow seeds after last frost in cold-winter zones. Where winters are milder, sow seeds late summer through fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2010-04-25
Research By: TWC Staff