Clarkia unguiculata Lindl.
Elegant clarkia, Elegant fairyfan, Mountain garland
Onagraceae (Evening-Primrose Family)
Synonym(s): Clarkia elegans
USDA Symbol: CLUN
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun
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
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 1218 - Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources (2006) Anderson, M. Kat
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Clarkia unguiculata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Clarkia unguiculata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Clarkia unguiculata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-04-18
Research By: TWC Staff