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Clarkia pulchella (Deerhorn clarkia)
Glase, Terry

Clarkia pulchella

Clarkia pulchella Pursh

Deerhorn clarkia, Beautiful clarkia, Ragged robin, Pink fairies

Onagraceae (Evening-Primrose Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Deerhorn Clarkia is a member of the evening-primrose family (family Onagraceae), which includes mainly herbs, rarely shrubs or trees with often showy flowers borne singly, in racemes or spikes, or in branched clusters.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Apr


USA: CT , ID , MA , MT , OH , OR , SD , VT , WA , WY
Canada: BC

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

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

Additional resources

USDA: Find Clarkia pulchella in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Clarkia pulchella in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Clarkia pulchella


Record Last Modified: 2013-06-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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