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Clarkia unguiculata Lindl.
Elegant clarkia, Elegant fairyfan, Mountain garland
Onagraceae (Evening-Primrose Family)
Synonym(s): Clarkia elegans
USDA Symbol: CLUN
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A much-branched, 1 1/2-3 ft. annual with erect, reddish stems. Purple, rose, or whitish, 4-petaled flowers occur in small clusters. A slender plant with a few lanceolate leaves and buds nodding along an erect raceme of a few pink flowers.
The long, slender petal stalks help distinguish this from several similar species in the West, most limited to California.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution: CA
Coast Ranges from Mendocino & Lake Cos., s. to n. San Diego Co.; also Sierran foothills from Butte to Kern Cos. Native Habitat:
Dry, open or shaded slopes below 5000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Do not thin seedlings as crowding encourages blooming. Able to out-compete weedy grasses.
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: Seed treatment is not necessary.
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: 2009-04-18
Research By: TWC Staff