Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The “Farewell to Spring” Flower

Clarkia amoena (Farewell to Spring or Godetia; syn. Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area.

It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves 2-7 cm long and 2-6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5-6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds.

Three subspecies are currently recognised, though intermediate forms are commonly found:

• Clarkia amoena subsp. amoena

• Clarkia amoena subsp. huntiana

• Clarkia amoena subsp. whitneyi (Whitney's Farewell to Spring)

Farewell to Spring is commonly cultivated as a garden plant, and cultivated varieties are known.


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