Clarkia amoena


Clarkia amoena
Clarkia amoena
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Myrtales
Family: Onagraceae
Genus: Clarkia
Species: C. amoena
Binomial name
Clarkia amoena
(Lehm.) A.Nels. & J.F.Macbr

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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