Clarkia concinna (Fisch. & C.A. Mey.) Greene
Red Ribbons, Redribbons
Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)
USDA Symbol: CLCO
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. Brewer's 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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
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
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: Not Available
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 concinna in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Clarkia concinna in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Clarkia concinna
MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-04-25
Research By: TWC Staff