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Clarkia Genus

Farewell to spring

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.5 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Clarkia genus (Farewell to spring). There are around 36 species in this genus. They are bushy annuals, the flowers are funnel-shaped and they are either pink or white.

Characteristics

Annuals, Shrubs or Herbaceous

Other common names

Godetia

Origin

W. Canada & S.America

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers which are good for cutting. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and will grow in a sunny position in reasonably fertile, well drained soil. You should avoid rich soil as this will encourage vegetative growth at the expense of the flowers.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds which are sown outdoors in the spring or in early autumn in mild areas.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Botrytis may be troublesome.

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