About Elegant Clarkia: This plant’s genus name, “Clarkia,” was given in recognition of Captain William Clark of the historic Lewis & Clark Expedition. 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 eye-catching flower occurs only in the state of California, preferring woodland areas.
Elegant Clarkia 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 rich, well drained soil and adapts well to woodland conditions and partial shade.
Growing Elegant Clarkia 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. Deadheading the spent blossoms will tidy the plant, but probably will not produce new blossoms. As the plants grow taller, they may need staking or support. This plant may self-seed. 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 Elegant Clarkia: For long lasting fresh flowers, cut the stems long and place them in water immediately.
Saving Elegant Clarkia 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 Elegant Clarkia Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Elegant Fairyfan, Woodland Clarkia Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Early Summer Height: 18-24 inches Spacing: 9-12 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 120,000 Produces a tall-stemmed plant with oval, pointed 3” leaves and clusters of delicate, four petaled blossoms in varied shades of white, purple, and light and dark pink.