- 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
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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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