About Deerhorn Clarkia: This plant’s genus name, “Clarkia,” was given in recognition of Captain William Clark of the historic Lewis & Clark Expedition. Deerhorn Clarkia can be found in the records of this expedition, first discovered by Clark on May 29th, 1809 and very extensively described in Lewis’ journal of the following day. Lewis entrusted his collection of flower species to botanist Frederick Traugott Pursh, who officially classified Clarkia pulchella in 1814 as the first member of the Clarkia genus. Its common name of “Deerhorn” is derived from the resemblance of the delicately lobed petals to antlers.
Deerhorn 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 well drained soil and adapts to seaside conditions, sand, and clay.
Growing Deerhorn 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 and humidity. Deadheading the spent blossoms will tidy the plant, but probably will not produce new blossoms. 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 Deerhorn Clarkia: For fresh flowers, cut the stems long and place them in water immediately.
Saving Deerhorn 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 Deerhorn Clarkia Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Pinkfairies, Ragged Robin, Large-Flower Clarkia, Pink-Fairies, Beautiful Clarkia Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Spring Height: 12-18 inches Spacing: 9-12 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Dry USDA Zone: 3a-8b Seeds Per Oz: 90,000 Produces a plant with delicate, narrow foliage and clusters of delicate fuschia flowers with four divided petals and a prominent white pistil.