About Farewell-to-Spring: This plant’s genus name, “Clarkia,” was given in recognition of Captain William Clark of the historic Lewis & Clark Expedition in 1806. The species name “amoena” means beautiful or pleasing. Another old fashioned name for this flower, Godetia, honors a Swiss botanist by the name of Charles H. Godet (1797-1879). In the wild, this plant only grows in coastal areas of the western United States; it usually can be found growing on dry slopes, meadows, or rocky areas.
Farewell-to-Spring Germination: Direct sow on the surface of the soil in early spring, after the last frost. Keep the soil moist until germination, which should take place within 7-10 days. This plant does not transplant well; seedlings can be thinned, though they tolerate crowding. The plant needs well drained soil and adapts to seaside conditions, sand, and clay.
Growing Farewell-to-Spring Seeds: Keep seedlings free of weeds; water regularly until blooming begins, about 90 days after planting. After this point the plants can tolerate drought, though they do not appreciate excess heat. Pinch off the growing tips to encourage branching and bushy growth. Deadhead spent blossoms. As the plants grow taller, they may need staking or support. This plant usually self-seeds. Clarkia makes a good addition to flower beds, borders, containers, rock gardens and native wildflower plantings. This plant attracts bees and butterflies.
Harvesting Farewell-to-Spring: For long lasting fresh flowers, cut the stems long and place them in water immediately.
Saving Farewell-to-Spring Seeds: After flowering, this plant will produce narrow pods that mature to a dark brown; the ripe seed will also be brown. Collect the ripe pods and spread them out away from direct sunlight to dry completely. Split the pods open to remove the seed. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Farewell-to-Spring Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Godetia, Herald-of-Summer, Satin Flowers, Summer's Darling, Red Ribbons, Fairy Fans Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Summer Height: 12-18 inches Spacing: 12-15 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Dry USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 80,000 Produces a low, spreading plant with branching stems and narrow 1-3” leaves and 1/2- 1” cup-shaped, four petaled blossoms of light to dark pink.