About Liiac Godetia: This plant’s genus name, “Clarkia,” was given in recognition of Captain William Clark of the historic Lewis & Clark Expedition in 1806. Another old fashioned name for this flower, Godetia, honors a Swiss botanist by the name of Charles H. Godet (1797-1879). In the wild, Lilac Godetia grows in coastal areas as well as on the slopes of the Peninsular and Transverse Ranges of Southern California.
Liiac Godetia 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 Liiac Godetia 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 may self-seed in warmer climates. Clarkia makes a good addition to flower beds, borders, containers, rock gardens and native wildflower plantings. This plant attracts bees and butterflies and resists deer.
Harvesting Liiac Godetia: For fresh flowers, cut the stems long and place them in water immediately.
Saving Liiac Godetia Seeds: After flowering, this plant will produce long, narrow pods that mature to a dark brown; the ripe seed will be light 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 Liiac Godetia Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Farewell-to-spring, Hill Clarkia, Botta's Clarkia, Botta's Fairyfan, Punchbowl Godetia Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Early Summer Height: 9-18 inches Spacing: 12-15 inches Light: Full Sun to Part Shade Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 156,000 Produces a low, spreading plant with branching stems and narrow 1-3” leaves and 1” cup-shaped, four petaled blossoms of light lavender pink with occasional darker spots.